Hope Presbyterian Welcomes Our New Pastor: Rev. Dr. Jay Moses!
Jay did his early studies in his home state of California, earning a dual bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University followed by a Masters in Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Christian Origins. He received his Doctorate in Ministry (DMin) at Northern Seminary (Lombard) in the areas of Liturgical Studies/Worship Renewal and a Masters in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union (Hyde Park) in Interreligious Dialogue specifically in Islamic Studies. He has been in full time ministry for over 20 years, serving at several churches in the Southern California area before coming to the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton in 2004 as Pastor of Congregational Ministries over the primary areas of education and mission. He served First Presbyterian Church as acting Head of Staff. Jay has been on staff at Chicago Presbytery as the Muslim Relation Coordinator in reaching out to the Islamic community, and is currently the moderator of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Work Group.
Jay met his wife Sharri in the choir at Azusa Pacific University and has never left her side. She is currently a second grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School and is finishing a degree at National Louis University as a Reading Specialist. Although she lived the majority of her life in Orange county, she was born in Pella, Iowa and has family throughout Chicago-land.
Jay and Sharri have two children: Halie (13) and Connor (11). Halie enjoys sports (volleyball/soccer) and dance and attends Monroe Middle School. Connor enjoys basketball, comic books and video games. He is finishing up his time at Emerson Elementary School.
The Moses family has been blessed by the gifts of the church and the community found here in the Midwest, and although they still wonder in amazement at Chicago-land winters and the attachment of many to the Cubs, they are grateful to find their place in God’s hands as they move forward into the future in the special and unique town of Wheaton.