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Jay Stewart

Jay Stewart grew up in Columbus, Georgia.  He met his wife Melanie in high school, and they were married in 1983.  Together with their five kids and grandkids, they live just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Jay is the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Refuge Church.  In addition to leading The Refuge, he serves on several ministry boards, coaches pastors and church planters, and travels nationally and internationally to speak.  He enjoys traveling, riding his Harley, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family. 


Welded: Forming Racial Bonds That Last

Welded: Forming Racial Bonds That Last is the story of two pastors and two churches coming together amidst the nation’s greatest racial tensions and painting a picture of true biblical community.

This book recounts the two-year journey leading up to the merging of an African American church with a white mega church, highlighting the backstory that began years earlier and bringing the reader to a place of self-reflection.