Paine College Community mourns the loss of Rev. Dr. Lewis  W. Jay, '48

Posted by ncarter | 01/5/2012 04:45 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community join bishops and worshippers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and other higher education institutions in mourning the loss of a respected leader in the greater faith community, Rev. Dr. Lewis W. Jay, '48, Retired Minister of the Georgia North Region, 6th Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Conference. He will forever be recognized for his dedication, leadership and excellence in religious ministry.

Dr. Jay had 65 years of experience in religious ministry. He excelled in managing finances, overseeing community activities and advocating for senior citizens and single-parent families. He placed emphasis on the importance of promoting education, seeking knowledge and pursuing one's goals with discipline, purpose and a sense of direction. Prior to founding Tree of Life Deliverance Church, Inc., Dr. Jay was an ordained clergyman with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church for 51 years and worked as a minister and educational administrator. He attributed his success to being dedicated and goal-oriented.

Dr. Jay received his Doctoral Degree in Human Services from Union Seminary at Birmingham, Alabama and his Master's Degree in Education from Atlanta University in 1948. He graduated from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts and studied Theological Studies at The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. His professional affiliations include the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Concerned Black Clergy, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Fellowship of United Methodist of Metropolitan Atlanta.

Together, Dr. Jay and his wife, Hattie Elizabeth Barnes, a Paine College alumna, shared three children, six grandchildren and a great grandchild. 

Visitation and Celebration of Life for Rev. Dr. Lewis W. Jay will be held at:

Friday, January 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

West Mitchell Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

?560 Martin Luther King Dr. S.W.

Atlanta, GA  30314

Telephone:  404-525-2337

Fax: 404-525-1575