ABOUT JAY -
Jay Speights is a Pastor, Author, Chaplain, Story Teller and Spiritual Coach, who developed a unique coaching approach combining select meditative, prayer and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques. These techniques were gleaned from 35 years of training in martial arts, meditation, NLP and as a chaplain. His approach is designed to help put you on the path to excellence, your higher self and maintaining balance throughout your day.
He has coached athletes, clergy, corporate executives, and medical professionals. If asked, he will tell you that he is most proud of the work he did using his meditative techniques with those facing illness and death as a Chaplain at The Washington Hospital Center. Jay is the author of two books about meditation and using spiritual resources. Harmonious Day, was released in 2007, and, his second book 7 Days With Adam, was released in 2013.
In 2013, he assisted with the production of “Chavez”, a biopic about the leader and organizer of The National Farm Workers Union. Now he is the Organizing Producer of "Hamer", another biopic about the iconic civil rights leader, Fannie Lou Hamer.
For several years he was a contributor to religionandspirituality.com, where he provided social, spiritual, and political commentary focused on getting people to interact and relate on a higher level. A November 2009 Post from his Washington Times Blog, motivated the City Council of Washington, DC, to pass a resolution declaring March 20, 2010, "Polite Day". The resolution appealed to city politicians, residents and commuters to be more civil, kind and polite. Another post entitled Embrace The Sikhs, don’t fear them, on ReligionandSpirituality.com, resulted in my receiving The 2007 Punjabi Literary Society Award For Distinguished Commentary, at The Lincoln Center.
Jay is the Director of The New Seminary in New York, the oldest Interfaith Seminary in the world, where he earned the degree of Doctor of Ministry. He also holds a BA in Political Science, an MA in Public Affairs both from Howard University, and studied Ecumenism at Wesley Theological Seminary. His Interfaith approach has led him to continuously search for common universal truths about God, creation, and existence. He believes we must always strive to be attuned to our Higher Self, which is reflected in his discipline of prayer, meditation, daily spiritual practice and writing.
In his early career, he worked as a Congressional Staff Director, operated a successful Public Affairs Consulting firm for many years, served as an Adjunct Professor in Political Science at The University of the District of Columbia, served on The Democratic National and is a veteran of several national and local political campaigns.
He is writing his third book,"Return to Me”, about his recent trip to The Kingdom of Allada in Benin, West Africa, in January 2019, where he connected through DNA testing with his ancestral royal family, and was enthroned and declared Prince Dah Videkon Deka, which is the founding kingdom of Benin. With his enthronement there. His Royal Highness, serves as an advisor to The Royal Court of His Majesty, King Kpodegbe Toyi Djigla, The 16th King of Allada and Ambassordor to the Diaspora.
Dr. Jay as his students affectionately call him, urges you to take a quantum leap into the mystery of creation and connect with your Divine Enabling Light. He lives in the DC Metro Area, is married to Damaris Lopez, has two grown daughters, two grandchildren and two dogs