Jay's Calendar

"The Forum"

PostTime Sports

Green Oaks, IL

“What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?"

January 8, 2018


Responsible Fathering Round Table

Washington, D.C.

US Dept of Health and Human Services 

Invited Participant

January 19, 2018

Iron Sharpens Iron

Orland Park, IL

Feb 17, 2018

“Be the Dad”

“How to Be the Husband Your Wife Needs”

Iron Sharpens Iron

Beloit, IL

March 3, 2018

“Be the Dad”

“How to Be the Husband Your Wife Needs”

Women's Event

"What Women Need to Know About Men"

Morrison, IL

Ebeneezer Reformed Church

March 10, 2018

Men's Retreat 

Milwaukee, WI

April 7, 2018

“What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?”

Iron Sharpens Iron

Cedar Rapids, IA

April 14, 2018

“Be the Dad”

“How to Be the Husband Your Wife Needs”

Men's Discipleship Bootcamp

Smithtown, NY (Long Island)

“The Dad Manifesto: 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad”

April 21, 2018

Iron Sharpens Iron

Reseda, CA (Los Angeles)

April 28, 2018

“Be the Dad”

“How to Be the Husband Your Wife Needs”

Unity in the Body Event 

West Dundee, IL

June 30, 2018

“Unity in Marriage”

Man Up Men's Retreat 

Rolling Hills Community Church

Franklin, TN

August 17 & 18, 2018

“What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?”

Dad Roundtable (4-weeks)

Christ Community Church

Streamwood, IL

October 23, 30, November 6, 1, 2018

Marriage Conference

Harvest Church

New Hampton, IA

November 10 & 11, 2018

Fatherhood CoMission

WinShape Retreat Center

Rome, GA

November 28 - 30, 2018

Building Our Children's Faith

Middle Creek Presbyterian

Winnebago, IL

February 24, 2018

Iron Sharpens Iron

Jacksonville, FL

March 2, 2019

“Be the Dad”

“How to Be the Husband Your Wife Needs”

National Religious Broadcasters

2019 Convention

Anaheim, CA 

March 26-29, 2019

Iron Sharpens Iron

Champaign, IL

April 6, 2019

“What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?”

100 Huntley Street 

Television Interviews

"What If God Wrote Your To-Do List?"

"The Jesus Dare"

Toronto, ON

May 3, 2019

Book Release

The Jesus Dare


May 6, 2019


"30 Books & Counting"

Batavia, IL

May 16, 2019

"Be the Dad"

Village Bible Church

Sugar Grove, IL

June 1, 2019

"Men's Kickoff"

NorthBridge Church

Antioch, IL

June 4, 2019

Trail Life USA

Family Convention: Four Talks

Toccoa, GA

July 21 - 27, 2019

Parenting Seminar

Family Community Development Corporation

Rahway, NJ

August 17, 2019

Choice Books Conference

Author Appreciation 

Bakersfield and Fresno, CA

Sept 23 - 25, 2019

Christ Community 60+

DeKalb, IL

October 24, 2019

“What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?”

Iron Sharpens Iron

Akron, OH

October 26, 2019

“Be the Dad”

“How to Be the Husband Your Wife Needs”


Iron Sharpens Iron for Women

Moline, IL

November 2, 2019

“Your Husband has Secrets”

State Sponsored Fathering Symposium

Warsaw, Poland

November 2019

Fatherhood CoMission

Mount Berry, GA

December 4-6, 2019

Choice Books Conference

Author Appreciation 

Mannheim, PA

January 17, 2020

Iron Sharpens Iron


February 20, 2020

“Be the Dad”

Keynote:  Real Man's Bucket List

Iron Sharpens Iron

Omaha, NE

March 7, 2020

“Be the Dad”

“How to Be the Husband Your Wife Needs”

Iron Sharpens Iron

Buffalo, NY

March 21, 2020

“How to Be the Husband Your Wife Needs”

Iron Sharpens Iron

Davenport, IA

March 28, 2020

“Be the Dad”

“How to Be the Husband Your Wife Needs”

Books Between Bites

Batavia, IL

May 21, 2020

“52 Things Kids Need from a Dad”




“This is great stuff…if you can’t benefit from this, you’re not listening.”


Jerry Jenkins, author


“Jay Payleitner was a huge blessing to the married couples of our church during our annual marriage retreat.  Jay mixes humor along with solid truth that encourages couples no matter what stage their marriage is at the moment. I highly recommend Jay  to speak at your next couples event.”


Dr. Mark Lantz, Senior Pastor, Christian Center Church, South Bend, IN

Director, World Harvest Ministers Network

“…easy-to-swallow and to-the-point snippets…”


Dannah Gresh, author of Six Ways to Keep the Little in Your Girl and The Secret Keeper series



“Practical and incredibly insightful…”


Jim Burns, President



"Jay helped us significantly fund a camping ministry for foster children that is at the heart of who we are as Christians, and who we are as a church. His spirited, humorous, practical, and compassionate talk was engaging for young and old alike!"


Pike Wisner, Senior Pastor, FBC Tyler, TX

"Humor and creativity go hand in hand, and Jay Payleitner not only taught us plenty about them, but also demonstrated in his keynote presentations how to do it right. Having a writer of his stature and success on our faculty was a privilege. His name showed up on a number of evaluation forms as a highlight of the conference."

Dave Lambert, Program Director, Maranatha Christian Writers' Conference

“Jay Payleitner gives us the inside scoop...”


Karol Ladd, author The Power of a Positive Mom



 “… wise, delightful, practical and profound.”


Steve Brown, speaker on Key Life and author of A Scandalous Freedom



“I’m delighted to see so many inspiring, practical, unexpected ideas . . . in one place.”


Josh McDowell, international speaker and author of More Than a Carpenter



“With an enjoyable, non-preachy approach, Jay Payleitner gently challenges us to get out of our own way. A great read and a great blessing.”


Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus



“. . . a deep and rich treasure, at once thoughtful and whimsical…”


Brannon Marshall, Director of Church Engagement

Awana International

"Jay speaks to eternal issues with practical wisdom based on God's word. He's full of energy and communicates in a way that connects well with men. His wisdom on being a better dad and husband is something every man would benefit from. Men's lives were changed and challenged at our men's retreat."

Kevin DeVries

Lead Pastor, Monee Free Methodist

Sky Lodge Retreat Center, Montello, WI



"Jay's presentation to our church's men's leaders was excellent

. . . thanks, Jay! Selecting from his book, "52 Things Wives Need from Their Husband" a few principles/suggestions made for a great learning/reminding as well as a spiritually growing/entertaining session for the guys. We all loved it."


Jack Goldthwaite

Men’s and Seniors' Pastor

Christ Community Church

St. Charles, IL



“It was a marvelous event. An absolute fantastic way to get exposed to young family prospects who care about their family. And a way to bring value and extend relationships with existing clients."


Casey Walker

Thrivent Financial

Dewitt, Iowa



“Whenever a ministry is going to bring in a guest speaker, the question is always twofold: "Can this person hold people's attention, and is his content going to truly effect people's lives?" The answer is a resounding YES on both counts when it comes to Jay.”


Steve Musto, Adult Ministries Pastor

Blackhawk Church

Verona, WI



“Put Jay in a room full of men and they will soon have a new appreciation for the joy and blessings of being a dad.”


Carey Casey

The National Center for Fathering



“I have known Jay and his family for over 20 years. The principles and concepts he talks about in his presentations and books are not just good ideas…they are things he has done in his own life. Jay is the real deal, with no pretension, he simply walks his talk. I wish that could be said of all of us.”


Dan Balow, Agent

The Steve Laube Agency



“When Jay came to speak at one of our monthly Home Builders meetings, I thought it was going to be the typical here’s how you do it, let’s get excited speech. Boy was I wrong! Jay got us talking and thinking about how “we” could work, how “we” could think. The “speech” was more like a workshop. He thinks differently than most people, and equips you to do the same.”


Tim Coleman, President

Coleman Home Solutions



“I have known Jay for 10 years. I see in him a man that loves God, loves his wife, and loves his family. He is a great communicator on parenting, but an even better father. Integrity, honesty, passion, faith, dedication and contagious enthusiasm are all words that come to mind when I think of Jay!”


Eric Rojas, Executive Pastor

Christ Community Church

St. Charles, IL



“Primarily, Jay is a very intentional father, seeking the best for his children and trying to be his best for them. Secondly, Jay is one of the most creative people I know. He combines these two bold qualities, and the result is: you have a presenter worth listening to.”


Frank Mercadante, Executive Director

Cultivation Ministries



“An engaging speaker whose wit and intelligence were put to good use explaining the mysterious workings of the male brain...offering encouragement to love and cherish our husbands while pursuing our dreams and becoming the wives, mothers, and women we were created to be.”


Laura Wright, MOPS Mentor Mom

Crystal Lake, IL



"At our church's marriage retreat, we received so much wisdom from Jay's interactive teaching session.  Listening to Jay is like reading the book of Proverbs, spiritual principles and nuggets of wisdom told in a practical -  everyday - useful way.  It blessed our marriage, and every other couple in attendance." 


George and Christine

Cornerstone Christian Center

"We enjoyed having Jay lead our group. He presented topics that were relevant to the members our group and they left with actionable items. He challenged us in our norms and asked us to be better fathers/husbands/men. Jay also jumped right into the group for our "non-program" time. He became one of the guys from the very start of the event. His flexibility and easy going nature made it easy for everyone to trust his talks. We would love to see him again!"

Andy Fry

Wildwood Presbyterian

Grays Lake, IL

Last year, Jay made his eighth appearance on The Harvest Show on the LeSea Broadcasting Network.  He's also been a guest multple times on Focus on the Family and Chris Fabry Live.



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