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I was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, just about 80 miles north of the Big Apple. My family and I live in Hyde Park, New York, the former home of Franklin Roosevelt, but I didn't let that stop us from living there.

Seriously, it's a real nice town, rich with history. My wife Christine and I have been happily married for 35 years and have seven (yes seven) children, 5 boys and two girls. I am passionate about my relationships, with God and my family, they are the fuel for my creativity and the drive to finish strong.

In January of 2013 I became a pastor and serve the wonderful hearts of Bridge Builders Community Church, if you're in town, please drop by!

I have been published in the following books; Godís Way for Fathers, Godís Ways for Teachers, God's Way for Christmas, Smiles for Dads, Soul Matters for Men, The Rainy Day Book, A Man of Honor and God Makes Lemonade series.

ManUp Moment, a two minute radio spot I host. It's heard on the Sound of Life Radio Network and Men Living Up Radio.

One of my passions is speaking into men's lives and I have been honored to be a presenter at Iron Sharpens Iron national events as well as numerous men's groups in the Hudson Valley.

I'm also a graphic designer (over 30 years) and you can check my work out at jaycookingham.com
"A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian... and most of all, his family ought to know."
- Dwight L. Moody
Watch my story about how God rescued me from a life of abuse