About Jay

Learn about our elder & lead pastor, Jay Underwood.

2308WEB_StaffNLeaders_UnderwoodJAY UNDERWOOD

Lead Pastor & Elder
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I was married to my sweetheart, Julie, in 1993 and we're proud to have six children, one daughter-in-law, and our first grandchild, plus a menagerie of dogs, cats, and small farm animals.  After making my living as an actor here in Los Angeles for over 20 years, God called me into full-time ministry in 2003. I first became the Junior High Pastor here at CBC while attending the Master’s Seminary, graduating in 2007 with a Diploma of Theology.  From there, I went on to become the Senior Pastor (okay, I was the only pastor) at First Baptist Church of Weaverville, nestled up in the Trinity Alps of northern CA.  In January of 2021, my family and I happily returned to Calvary Bible Church so I could be the Pastor of Adult Ministries. In April of 2022, I stepped into the role of Lead Pastor.

I have a passion for preaching and teaching God’s Word, shepherding God’s people through discipleship, men’s ministry, leader training, and Biblical counseling. With my connection to Hollywood, I also have a heart for those in the entertainment industry which includes a fellowship group here at CBC called Cast & Crew. My other interests include sharing my love of acting and filmmaking with young people, fly-fishing, pickleball (even starting a CBC group), being a foodie and spending time with my family.

My greatest joy is to see people learn and grow in Christ likeness, through the Word of God, in the power of God’s Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:28). My greatest hope is to one day hear from the Lord, “Well done good and faithful slave…enter into the joy of your Master (Matt. 25:23).”  My prayer for Calvary Bible Church is to be a thriving, vibrant, church that continues to be grounded in the Word of God and is a life-saving beacon, especially to the local community.


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