Search Posts

Payleitner, Jay

Jay Payleitner

Jay Payleitner has authored more than 25 books for major Christian publishers including Tyndale, Harvest House, Multnomah, Worthy, DaySpring, and Bethany House, with sales of more than a half million books. His bestsellers include 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad, The Jesus Dare, What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?, and three books on marriage: 52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands, 52 Things Husbands Need from Their Wives, and 52 Ways to Connect as a Couple.

Jay has spoken in more than 20 states to audiences of up to 5000 people. Favorite talks include messages on parenting, marriage, evangelism, and knowing God’s will.

Popular talks that work well for a typical weekend service are:

“What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?”

“The Jesus Dare”

“How to Pray for — and with — your Kids”

“The Prayer of Agur” (see the surprising prayer in Proverbs 30:8)

“You All Want the Same Thing” A Talk for Dads, Moms, and Kids

“Be the Dad” (especially appropriate for Father’s Day)

Beyond weekend services, Jay is a popular speaker at men’s retreats, women’s lunches, marriage weekends, fundraisers, parenting seminars, and writers’ conferences.

Before his first publishing contracts, Jay spent two decades as freelance radio producer working with Josh McDowell, Chuck Colson, TobyMac, Bible League, National Center for Fathering, and others. He currently scripts a daily short feature for Museum of the Bible.

He has been a guest multiple times on The Harvest Show, Moody Radio, Building Relationships with Gary Chapman, and Focus on the Family.

Interesting sidenote: Before God called him into the world of Christian media and publishing, Jay worked in major market advertising on Michigan Avenue in Chicago writing radio and TV commercials for Kroger, Corona Beer, American Egg Board, and Midway Airlines (with Coach Mike Ditka). He also led the creative team that named SunChips.

Jay and his high school sweetheart, Rita, live in St. Charles, Illinois where they raised five awesome kids, loved on ten foster babies, and are cherishing grandparenthood. Track him down at where you’ll note his personal adage, “Never boring. Possible life changing.”

Preacher Log In