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Jay Lowder is a full-time evangelist, dynamic communicator, author, and producer.




His story

Drawing from personal experience, Jay is committed to reaching those who struggle in everyday life. At a young age, he turned away from God and headed towards a life of destruction, eventually reasoning that his life was no longer worth living. With a pistol at his temple, Jay considered suicide; however, his attempt came to an abrupt halt when his roommate unexpectedly walked through the door.

Sensing that God spared his life to fulfill a purpose, Jay's search for truth began. After several months, this search culminated at a Sunday night outreach where he committed his life to Christ. Soon after, he attended a youth event where he witnessed hundreds of teens respond to the call to accept Jesus Christ. It was there that he realized God was calling him to spend the rest of his life proclaiming his personal faith story and helping others find God’s purpose for their life.

From that point on, Jay began his career in full-time evangelism, joining prominent evangelists as they crossed the country, speaking at church and area-wide conferences, youth camps and rallies.  His contemporary style, knowledge of scripture, and passion for stories enable him to connect with adults and students alike.

He resides in Wichita Falls, Texas, with his wife, Melissa, whom he married in 1993, and their three children Lane, Kayley and Graham.


His Testimony (Video)


His Ministry

Called to full-time evangelism in 1989, Jay is the founder of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries, an organization dedicated to reaching diverse groups of people with the message of Jesus Christ. Through his ministry, he travels the globe to football stadiums, schools, churches, and coliseums to provide a message of hope to the hurting. Jay developed the nationally acclaimed school assembly Crossroads, which has been presented to 2 million students nationwide. He has participated in more than 450 city-wide outreaches and conferences. Jay is the author of NAVIGATE and Midnight in Aisle 7, and is the creator and producer of The Darkest Hour, which has aired nationwide on the Discovery Channel, TBN and Freeform. He has been featured on major radio and television networks including The Discovery Channel, CNN, ABC, Fox, ABC Family, Daystar Television Network and TBN. He has also been profiled in newspaper and magazines such as Baptist Press, SBC Life and Charisma, as well as ESPN Outdoors for his hunting expertise. His written articles have been featured in The Washington Post, OnFaith, Crosswalk, Fox News and Charisma magazine.





The life, death, resurrection, and message of Jesus Christ is the centerpiece of all our outreach efforts.  We are committed to utilizing innovative, creative, and non-traditional approaches to have the greatest impact and influence upon diverse groups of people.  For over two decades, Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries has drawn the masses to Christ through live events, training, television, and crusades.



"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." Andrew Carnegie

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Ministry Director

Sharonda Donnell

Sharonda Donnell joined our team in 2010. Over the past 20 years, she has gained an expansive range of knowledge in the business industry and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications that will be beneficial in her work at JLHM. She married Brad Donnell in 1991 and they have three children, Chazeley, Bradyn and Kolby. As a pastor’s daughter, she has served in many capacities within the ministry and has a passion for Christ. Being a former Youth Leader, she has a heart for the youth and a desire to help advance God’s Kingdom in any way she can.


Administrative Assistant

Kayley Lowder

Kayley Lowder is the newest member of our team! Kayley has a passion for helping others, and meeting others from all walks of life. Throughout the years she has been able to travel with her dad, Jay, and experience the blessings of ministry first-hand. She too feels called to ministry and is excited to fulfill that calling.


Administrative Assistant

Missy Lowder

Missy Lowder is an Administrative Assistant to Bookkeeping at Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries. She joined our team in March 2015. Her heart is at home with her family, but thankfully is able to help our team on a part-time basis with bookkeeping needs. Missy is married to Jay and they have three children, Lane, Kayley and Graham. Missy loves the Lord and being able to assist Jay in the mission God has called them to.


Media and Content Developer

Marcus Moore

Marcus Moore serves as a Media and Content Developer at Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries. He joined our team in January 2024. Marcus graduated with an A.S. in Graphic Design from The Art Institutes Online Division in 2016. Having years of experience in the creative industry, Marcus exemplifies his God-given talents to create high quality graphics and cutting-edge video content that makes a visual impact for JLHM's outreach efforts.


The life, death, resurrection, and message of Jesus Christ is the centerpiece of all our outreach efforts. We are committed to utilizing innovative, creative, and non-traditional approaches to have the greatest impact and influence upon diverse groups of people.  We are dedicated to strategic precision and are open to discussing any idea that leaders may have in order to share the Gospel or equip others to do so.

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Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and any donation given is tax-deductible.

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