Pastor Jay Carey

Jay Carey

Rev. James H. (Jay) Carey, Jr. was ordained and appointed to Bethia United Methodist Church in July, 1998. Prior to coming to Bethia, he served as Assistant Pastor at Discovery UMC in Richmond, VA for five years. Before entering the ministry, Jay graduated from Longwood College (BSBA) and worked as a sales rep.  Rev. Carey earned his Master of Divinity degree at The Divinity School at Duke University in Durham, NC. He is married to Ann Noel Carey and has three children, Kathleen, Daniel and Charlsley.

In addition to his pastoral duties at Bethia, Rev. Carey also serves as Chair of the James River District Committee on Ordained Ministry and as a member of the Virginia Annual Conference Board Of Ordained Ministry, He also served on the VA Conference Board of Discipleship from 2003-2011 and was Vice-Chair from 2009-2011. From 2008-2010 he served as chair of the Division of Evangelism. He also served on the Mid-Sized Church Task Force, a special project of the VA Conference Board of Ordained Ministry in 2008. He was a member of the Petersburg District Finance Committee from 2006-2012 and chair of the Petersburg District Ministers & Mates from 1999-2001.

Rev. Carey is a past member of the International Emmaus Advisory Committee, a division of the Upper Room and the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, TN. He has served as the Richmond Emmaus Community Spiritual Director and Richmond Chrysalis Community Spiritual Director. In 2003, he received the Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy in the VA Conference.  His spiritual gifts include encouragement, faith, leadership and teaching. His interests and hobbies include reading, sports (especially Baseball and Duke Basketball) and spending time with family.