Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance producers for Christian radio.  For more than a decade, Jay produced Josh McDowell Radio, Today's FatherJesus Freaks Radio, and Project Angel Tree with Chuck Colson.


Jay is a long-time affilate with the National Center for Fathering and nationally-known motivational speaker for Iron Sharpens Iron, marriage conferences, men's retreats, women's events, writers' conferences, and weekend services.  Jay has sold more than half million books including the bestselling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad and What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?   His latest -- and perhaps most important release -- is The Jesus Dare.  Jay's books have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Afrikaans, Indonesian, Slovenian, Polish, and Russian.  He has been a guest multiple times on The Harvest Show, 100 Huntley Street,  and Focus on the Family


Jay and his high school sweetheart, Rita, live in the Chicago area where they’ve raised five great kids, loved on ten foster babies, and are cherishing grandparenthood.

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Invite Jay to speak at a men’s outreach, marriage weekend, women’s event, parenting seminar, staff meeting, school assembly, fundraiser, writers' conference, or Sunday service.  Topics may include parenting, marriage, creativity, truths learned while in pursuit of other truths, or deciphering God’s bucket list for your life.



"The Jesus Dare"

"Be the Dad"

"Loving Kids at Every Age and Stage"

"Foster Care:  Love Them Best"

"What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?"

"If God Were Your Life Coach"

"Be the Husband Your Wife Needs"

"Your Husband Has Secrets"

"His Secrets/Her Secrets"


"Dad: The Steadfast Archer" (inspired by Psalm 127)



"Reclaiming Christmas"

"Your Parents Really Do Love You"

"How to Pray for -- and With -- Your Kids"

"Book Publishing Keynote"

"Intentional Storytelling"


"Procrastinate Tomorrow . . . and other two-word life lessons"

"Got a Life Verse?"

"Wordsport:  Etymology and Creativity"


FRI:  "What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?"

A challenge for men to see how God’s values are more satisfying than the world’s.  Or what’s more important “Swimming with Sharks” or “Leaving a Legacy."

SAT:  "Be the Dad!"

Surprising, fun, encouraging, and practical hints for connecting with the next generation.  Valuable for granddads, father figures, and future dads as well.


SAT: "If God Were Your Life Coach"

How to move from your good plan to God’s great plan.  Can include a clear gospel presentation.


SUN: "The Husband Your Wife Needs"

Secrets and truths learned over the years.  Stuff all guys need to hear.  Including newlyweds, older married guys, singles, and so on.  (Alternate title: Less nagging, More romance.)

(Ask about a similar outline for marriage retreats, writer's conferences, team-building weekends.)

Talks are customized for your event.  Included are giveaways, powerpoint, Q&A, and a book signing.  Grab your calendar, and contact Jay's office directly.


Speaking Engagements and Guest Appearances

Sandy Cove Ministries, Maryland

100 Huntley Street, Ontario

Moody Pastor’s Conference

Awana International

Maranatha Writer’s Conference, Keynote

DadCamp, Kokomo, Indiana

SkyLodge Camp, Men's Weekend Retreat

Rock Island Armory Parents Group

MOPS (Moms of PreSchooolers)

Rotary Clubs International

Thrivent Financial 

National Coalition of Ministries for Men

National Center for Fathering, Kansas City

Glen Ellyn Bookfest

Men’s Outreach with Kevin Leman

The Harvest Show

Wild Game Dinner, Ramsay, Michigan

Wild Game Dinner, Princeton, Indiana

ICRS, Orlando

NRB, Nashville

Focus on the Family, Colorado

Building Relationships with Gary Chapman

The Debbie Chavez Show

Chris Fabry Live

CCC Men’s Huddle

StoryTelling Arts

Heritage of Truth TV

IRN/USA Network

The Trending Show

Total Living International

CSB Ministries, NY

Stateville Prison

Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman

Fathering CoMission, Rome, Georgia

Cornerstone TV, Pittsburgh




Covenant Life Men’s Retreat, Holland, Michigan

Horn Creek Ranch, Colorado

Focal Point Ministries

Relevant Practical Ministries for Men

Noble Warriors, Virginia

Royal Family Kids Fundraiser Keynote, Tyler, TX

Men's Discipleship Bootcamp

Wildwood Presbyterian Men's Rerteat, Grayslake, IL


Iron Sharpens Iron events

Springfield, IL

Beloit, WI

O’Fallon, IL

Rockford, IL

Worcester, MA (women’s event)

Moline, IL

Davenport, IA

Cedar Rapids, IA

Champaign, IL

Terre Haute, IN

New Lenox, IL

Grand Rapids, MI

Danbury, CT

Buffalo, NY

Fredericksburg, VA

Lake Elmo, MN

Long Island, NY

Reseda, CA

Jacksonville, FL



Before finding his niche, Jay explored a lot of vocational options.

And God continues to use 'em all.


Jay’s first job out of college was selling photocopiers for A.B. Dick.  It was not his shining moment.  But, he did learn to make cold calls. 


He spent the 1980s, creating award-winning radio spots, print ads, and television commercials for eggs, canned vegetables, steaks, banks, land developers, gadgets, grocery chains, the Chicago Symphony, and Corona Beer.  For a major Chicago advertising agency, he was the primary copywriter for Midway Airlines, which included producing TV and radio spots with Coach Mike Ditka.  He also helped name and position Frito-Lay’s “SunChips.”


In 1989, he left Michigan Avenue to do more important work . . . 


For a host of Christian publishers (Tyndale, Bethany House, Thomas Nelson, Barbour, Cook, Regal, etc.) Jay has created ads, radio spots, videos, and all kinds of point-of-sale and brochures.  He consulted on marketing Bibles, developed a wide-range of products, and wrote the very first ad for Left Behind.


For radio, he was sole producer of “Josh McDowell Radio” for its 13-year run and currently produces “Jesus Freaks Radio” and “Today’s Father."  He launched, scripted, and produced daily radio for The Heritage Foundation, Christian Association of PrimeTimers, and the Susan B. Anthony List.


Each Christmas for more than 15 years, Jay has written and produced a full-length radio special for Prison Fellowship’s “Angel Tree” project.  (The stories still make him cry.)


Within days of 9/11, Jay conceived and produced the fast-selling “America Responds” audio series featuring Chuck Colson, James Dobson, Bill Hybels, Tony Evans, David Jeremiah, and Joe Stowell. 


Jay is the creator of "The Dad Manifesto," a poster, plaque, book, and canon of convictions for forever fathers.


As a speaker, Jay has emceed men’s events, led marriage retreats, keynoted fundraising events and writers' conferences, preached at weekend services, spoken at MOPS groups, and facilitated creative training sessions.  He has spoken at Moody Bible Institute’s Pastors Conference and Iron Sharpens Iron conferences in ten states.

Jay is the author of more than 25 books – having sold more than one-half million copies – including the bestselling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad, Quick Tips for Busy Families, Lifeology, 52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands, and What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?  Jay’s publishers include Harvest House, Tyndale, Bethany House, Worthy, DaySpring, and Broadstreet.  His books have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Afrikaans, Indonesian, Slovenian, Polish, and Russian.

He has been a guest multiple times on “The Harvest Show,” “Chris Fabry Live,” and “Focus on the Family.” Jay also served as the Executive Director for the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative and testified at the 2018 Responsible Fatherhood Listening Summit in Washington, DC.

Other credits:  Audiobooks.  Posters.  Music jingles.  Scriptwriting.  On camera work for Willow Creek Leadership Summit. More than 25 T-shirts.  Articles in national periodicals like Thriving Family and Guideposts.  Custom comedy bits for comedians Mark Lowry, Ken Davis, and Rodney Dangerfield

Beyond income-generating activity, Jay has done just about anything to stay close to his kids and give back to the community.  Serving as: Wrestling, baseball, and softball coach. Awana director.  Booster club president.  Science fair chaperone.  Salvation Army Advisory Board. Church volunteer including nursery duty, KidsWorld speaker, drama coach, youth counselor, and middle school van driver.  School volunteer including Rock ‘n Read, picnic games leader, fundraising chairman, video producer, sound technician, and “room mom.”  


Jay and his high school sweetheart, Rita, have four sons, one daughter, four daughters-in-law, six perfect grandchildren (and an occasional foster baby) and live in St. Charles, Illinois. 

























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