SUPERINTENDENT JAY ALLEN GOODING SR. is the fourth and youngest child of Bishop Ceacer and Co-Pastor, Josephine Gooding. He was born in New York City on October 9, 1961. Pastor Gooding was raised in the Bronx, New York, and attended Public Schools there. He is a graduate of DeWitt Clinton H.S., and holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from Lighthouse Christian College. He is married to Nicole Stacey Ann Gooding and is the father of four children, Latiesha, Jay Jr., Vaughn, and Jayme; and grandfather of five, Jahvon, Jay III, Jordane, Jayson and Princeton.
At the tender age of 5, Superintendent Gooding began playing the organ, under the tutelage of Dr. Becky Carlton. He became the organist of Miracle Revival Temple in the Bronx, NY under the pastorate of his father at the age of 11 years old. From 1984-1987 he was a member of the Award Winning Gospel Recording Artist, “The Ecstatistics”. His music ministry inspired him to start a community choir, “Jay Gooding and Fellowship” in 1991. They have recorded five albums including “No Stopping Us Now – The Remix Project” (#1 single – 3 consecutive weeks on the Top Ten Countdown on WTHE). Their latest release in 2002 was “Nobody Can Do Me Like Jesus” (which had two songs in the Top Ten Countdown for over six weeks) and was submitted for Grammy Nomination.
Superintendent Gooding was called to the Word Ministry and preached his initial sermon on November 19, 1993 at Miracle Revival Temple and on December 29, 1996, Pastor Gooding answered the call of the Lord and established the Fellowship Tabernacle Ministries Church of God in Christ, located in the northeastern section of the Bronx, NY. On February 15, 2009 Superintendent Gooding was appointed to serve as Pastor at Miracle Revival Temple by his father, Bishop Ceacer Gooding. Fellowship Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C., and Miracle Revival Temple are now recognized as “One Church in Two Locations”
In January 2003 Superintendent Gooding and the Fellowship Family joined the Church of God in Christ, First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Eastern New York, under the leadership of Prelate, Bishop James Gaylord; where Bishop Charles Edward Blake serves as the International Presiding Bishop. In July of 2004 Superintendent Gooding was appointed by Bishop James Gaylord to succeed the late Bishop William J. Robinson as Superintendent of the Glorified Bronx District, which he renamed to the “Bishop William J. Robinson Memorial District.
From 1999-2003, Superintendent Gooding served on the Executive Board of the Bronx Borough President’s Clergy Task Force Coalition.; from 2002-2008, Superintendent Gooding was elected to the Executive Board of the 44th Precinct Clergy Coalition, where he served as treasurer, then elected to Vice-president; From May 2002 to 2004, he served on Community Board Eleven, Bronx NY. Since 2003 Superintendent Gooding has served as vice-chairman of the “Urban and Civic Affairs” Dept. of the Church of God in Christ First Jurisdiction of Eastern N.Y.; from 2003-2008 he served as the Executive Director of C.H.I.P.S. (Chaplains Helping In Police Situations). In 2007 Superintendent Gooding was appointed by the Hon. Assembly-man Carl Heastie to sit on the Board of Directors of the Bronx Business Alliance. In 2008 he was appointed by the Mayor of Peekskill, the Hon. Mary F. Foster, to sit on the board of Directors of the Peekskill Youth Bureau, Peekskill NY. Superintendent Gooding currently serves as president of the 49th Precinct Clergy Council.
Of the numerous awards and citations Superintendent Gooding has received, he is included in the 2009 edition of “Who’s Who in Black New York City”. He is also the recipient of The 49th Police Precinct Community Council’s 2009 “Tom Twyman Citizen of the Year Award”, and the “NYPD 2013 Partnership in Community Award” presented by Asst. Chief Carlos M. Gomez of Patrol Borough Bronx, during the “2013 Bronx Clergy Fellowship Awards Ceremony”.
He is committed to God first, and has a genuine and sincere concern for people and the communities.
He says, “To God be the glory, for all the things he has done.”
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:22