Jay was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He graduated from the U of Memphis with his Bachelors in Administration while working in Operations with FedEx Express. Jay and Jennifer married in 1997 and started their family in Southaven, MS.
In 2000, the Adkins family was able to celebrate the birth of their first child Chloe. In 2002, Jay began serving in student ministries at a local church in Olive Branch. The next three years were formidable for Jay’s spiritual journey.
God began to reveal a new plan and a new direction for their lives and for their family. In 2005 Jay resigned from FedEx Express and joined a team of leaders to plant a church in Senatobia, MS.
This was a very fruitful time for Jay and his family. Their second child, Will was born while three more children were added through adoption; Ana, Corban, and Jeremiah.
While serving in Senatobia, Jay was able to assist in leading ministries that included children, students, young adults, missions and several volunteer teams.
In 2014 the Adkins family was able to celebrate the birth of their youngest child, Nora! 2016 was a major year of change for the Adkins as they began to sense that God was leading them in a new direction. In 2017 Jay resigned and their family began to visit Fellowship Memphis.
Instantly Jay and Jennifer both felt that Fellowship is where God was leading their family. Jay also completed his Master’s of Divinity in Pastoral Ministries from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in May. In August the Adkins relocated to Cordova. In January 2018, Jay began serving as Associate Pastor to the East Memphis Outpost.