Jay Haizlip is the Founder and Lead Pastor of The Sanctuary in Orange County, CA.
Jay was once a professional vertical skateboarder. He was the first skateboarder to ride for Vision Skateboards. Known as Jay “Alabamy”, he gained respect and celebrity status for his aggressive style in pool skating. He also developed a drug addiction.
His 12-year battle with drugs ended one day when he encountered a man who told him about Jesus. Jay asked Jesus to be Lord of his life and Jay immediately answered the call on his life to minister the gospel.
With over 20 years in leadership and ministry experience, Pastor Jay continues to preach a powerful message of hope, purpose and passion in Christ. He has the gift of making the Bible real and relevant to today’s generation. It is his heart and mission to empower people to pursue a deep intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Pastor Jay has appeared on TBN’s Praise the Lord, The 700 Club, and in James Dobson’s Focus on The Family publications. He has also made appearances on The REAL, The Arsenio Hall Show, Extra TV, omg! Insider, MSNBC, BET, The Wendy Williams Show, and various radio programs. Pastor Jay starred in the UPRISING reality series as well as the Oxygen Network's docu-series titled PREACHERS OF L.A.
Pastor Jay and Christy reside in Newport Beach and have three children.