Jay Mooney
Executive Director

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 - 3:45 PM CST

PHOTO: Jay and Laura Mooney
Jay Mooney, the director for Assemblies of God National Youth Ministries for the past 7 years, has announced that he will step down from his current ministry post to become the director of Assemblies of God Family Services Agency (AGFSA) in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

In following God's leading, Mooney says that God has been preparing him for this moment through his experiences as well as his God-given passion to minister to youth and those who lead them. "We do not see this transition as an abandonment of love for students and youth leaders," Mooney says, "God is simply shifting the placement of our hand upon the stem of the umbrella known as Assemblies of God youth ministries."

AGFSA is home to three vital "family service" ministries: Hillcrest Children's Home, Highlands Maternity Home and Life Center, and Murry Transitional Living Center.
"Hillcrest Children's Home and Highlands Maternity Home and Life Center are avenues of opportunity to married couples dreaming of adoption," Mooney says. "And the new Murry Transitional Living Center is a gifted gateway to independent living for emerging adult graduates of Hillcrest and new mothers of Highlands."

"Jay has been an exemplary leader throughout his ministry," states Alton Garrison, AG assistant general superintendent and executive director of Church Ministries. "He has used his passion for youth ministry to impact tens of thousands of youth for Christ and has surrounded himself with a team who together have powerfully redefined for youth and youth leaders what it means to be 'sold out for Christ.' I believe he'll continue to make that same kind of life-changing impact on the young people AGFSA serves."

Mooney began his service in national Youth Ministries as the national Youth Alive director in May of 2000. In August of 2004, he became the Student Outreach director for a short time, before being appointed as National Youth Ministries director in January 2005.

"Heaven alone will reveal the full details of the reach to young people that has occurred during Jay's time at the helm of this vital ministry," says George O. Wood, AG general superintendent. "I know he will do extraordinarily well in his new assignment as executive director of AGFSA."

Robert Michels, the former director of AGFSA, has accepted a position with the General Council of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, Missouri. His primary duties will involve development and fundraising for AGFSA and other AG benevolence ministries.

Currently, Mooney is slated to begin his service in Hot Springs in the next month or so. Following Mooney's departure, Mark Entzminger, the senior director of Children's Ministries at the national offices, will be interim director of national Youth Ministries, while retaining his other responsibilities.

Author: Dan Van Veen/Reprint: AG News