Dr. John (Jay) E. Passavant, III is the Founding Pastor of North Way Christian Community in Wexford, Pennsylvania.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington & Lee University and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and received an honorary Dr. of Divinity degree from Grove City College in 2010. He was a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Pastor Jay was ordained in the United Presbyterian Church in 1974 and served in youth ministry for seven years before starting North Way Christian Community in 1981. North Way is a thriving congregation of nearly 4,000 members in four locations. He has also supported the establishment of hundreds of mission congregations in China, India and South East Asia as Chairman of the Board of the South East Asia Prayer Center (SEAPC).
Throughout his pastoral ministry, Pastor Jay has focused on building strong families through venues such as the nationally broadcast television show “Reality Talks” with Dr. Kevin Leman and a weekly radio broadcast that addressed topics from parenting to personal issues.
Pastor Jay has been working with other churches & leaders to establish a fully accredited seminary extension campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Wexford, PA. He also envisioned a partnership that would address the needs of inner city school children. In 2006, as part of Pastor Jay’s broad vision, North Way partnered with a school district by providing mentors, services, and resources in the East End of the City of Pittsburgh through L.A.M.P., the Learning Assistance and Mentoring Partnership. L.A.M.P. is a collaboration of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Family Guidance, Inc., and area churches, including North Way Christian Community.
Jay & his lovely wife Carol have been married 45 years and have three married children and 5 grandchildren.