This past December, Citylight welcomed Jay Stahlecker to the staff team as the new Operations Director. Jay and his wife Danielle have been Citylight members for over eight years and have served the church in kid’s ministry, prayer team, Crown Financial, and City Group leadership. They have been married for 16 years and have three children: Jay Parker (15 years old), Norah (12 years old), and Brecken (11 years old). Jay brings with him over fifteen years of administration and financial experience having worked for the federal government and in real estate but also an understanding and personal experience of God’s redemptive work.

“I did not have a relationship with Jesus until I was 22,” Jay shared with humility, “and now walking with the Holy Spirit and filled with God’s truth for over 17 years I have been able to learn that real leadership is being a servant.”

With Citylight’s two campuses, 53 employees and numerous ministries, a need for an Operations Director was determined a few years ago. The Operations Director is responsible for leading the central services team at both Midtown and West campuses. This team includes HR, Finances, Buildings, Communications, and Production. The Operations Director will also provide financial oversight and stewardship for the entire church budget and for each individual ministry team budgets. Jay wants to serve the Citylight team by being available, approachable, and a good leader in all capacities.

“I love efficiency and value good stewardship,” Jay shared. “I want to serve and care for the staff team but also be a good steward of church resources.”

The past few years, Jay has also been taking classes at Liberty University for counseling and hopes to grow in this area as well as he steps into full-time ministry.

“God has brought mentors and marriages in my life to help me grow,” Jay said with thankfulness. “As I have sat with people to listen and care for them, I have wanted to grow in these giftings to serve people well emotionally and spiritually. I love bringing people back in the game. I believe if I can get the education and experience, God will continue to use me in other people’s lives.”

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