Leadership: Jay Knott

Leadership: Jay Knott


Student Ministry Director

My name is Jay Knott and my wife’s name is Carole. We are from Ridge, a small town in the Southern part of Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. I am a Police Officer and Carole is a Human Resources Manager at a satellite communications company.

I went to a Baptist school from fourth through sixth grades. I actually received the Lord when I was 11 in a church service held at the school, although for most of my life I really didn’t live like I had the Holy Spirit living in my heart. Carole and I got married in 1988 and have attended church all over the country. I was a U.S. Marine and we usually were involved in the Base Chapel. Carole attended church with me, she read the Bible and we prayed but she didn’t actually accept Jesus as her savior until we went to a church in Haymarket Va., several years ago. She accepted Jesus as her savior and we were both baptized together at that time. That started the journey we are on now, our entire lives and marriage changed. She was lead to Christ by a very close friend of ours.

As I stated before, I am a retired Infantry Marine. Looking back on my life and career, I can see many times when God’s hand was directly upon me. There was more than one occasion where a little voice spoke to me, and the instructions it gave saved my life along with all the men with me. It was amazing!! I should have died many times, but the Lord was not finished with me, and I thank him for that every day.

I have several Bible verses that profound influence over my life. I will share a few of them with you here:

Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Isaiah 55:7-8 (NKJV)

7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:25 (NKJV)

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Ephesians 6:10-20 (NKJV)

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.