Hi, I’m Jay Hand.

Gainesville, FL

Phone Number

(706) 617-4703


[email protected]


City Church
Director of Worship


Columbus State University
BA in Music
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Church Affiliation

Evangelical Free Church (EFCA)

Years In Ministry

9 years


Tenor, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Keys & Piano, Drums


Composition, Preaching/Teaching, Front of House Engineering, Audio and Video Production, Writing Liturgy for Church and Family Worship

Tools & Software

ProPresenter, Planning Center, Reason, Logic, Pro Tools, Finale, GarageBand


Wife: Rachelle - married 12 years
Kids: Charlotte (9), Lilian(9), Moira(8), Adelaide(6), & Alistair(5)
Personality: INFJ

Top 3 Strengths




Philosophy of Worship
What is your philosophy of worship?

The first aim of corporate worship is to magnify God in Christ through singing songs, spoken liturgy, the preached word, communion and baptism. The second aim is to spiritually form the community more into the likeness of Christ as we practice all these elements over a long period of time. Music and singing on Sundays serves to develop the theology and spirituality of the participants and is primarily corporate in nature. The church should do most of the singing. The worship team is there to help facilitate the church singing. So, all the songs that are chosen and how they are arranged should be excellent and creative but should primarily be “performed” in a way that enables and empowers the congregants to lift their voices. This is simply a summary but I can explain more later, if desired.

Ideal Relationship with Lead Pastor
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and worship leader?

The ideal relationship would be one where the pastor and WL are both in alignment with the philosophy and vision of worship. One where there is trust from the the WL in the pastor’s heart and leadership and trust from the pastor for the worship leader’s experience and skill. In this way, they can both effectively serve in their roles and promote each others strengths when their roles intersect. It is a relationship where the WL is subservient to the pastor as the lead shepherd of the local church. It is a relationship where the pastor serves and cares for the WL and the WL’s family pastorally.


Andrew Hudson || (312) 953-1549 || [email protected]
Chris Hiatt || (352) 379-4949 || [email protected]
Steve Owens || (770) 461-5318 || [email protected]
Steve Gregg || (352) 222-0604 || [email protected]
Favorite Worship Song

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me

Favorite Scripture

Psalm 77