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Jay Strack
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Jay Stack speaking at Second Baptist Church, Houston on November 22, 2020
BornJuly 24, 1953
Orlando, Florida
🏫 EducationBachelor of Arts- Charleston Southern University-1975

Luther Rice Seminary- Master of Arts- 1984

Luther Rice Seminary- Doctor of Ministry- 1985
💼 Occupation
Founder and President of Student Leadership University
🌐 Website
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Jay Strack (born July 24, 1953) is an American author and leadership speaker. He is the founder of Student Leadership University, based in Orlando, Florida.[1] He also is the founder of The Strack Center for Global Leadership and Ministry at Charleston Southern University.[2]

Early Life and Career[edit]

Strack was born on July 24, 1953, in Orlando, Florida. He lived his teen year in Fort Myers, Florida, in the 1960s. His childhood included a broken home, several foster homes and detention centers.[3] His teenage years included an addiction to drugs and alcohol.Strack entered Christian Ministry in his late teen years.[4] He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Charleston Southern University in 1975 and then attended Luther Rice Seminary where he obtained a Master of Arts in Theology in 1984 and a Doctor of Ministry in 1985. Strack was awarded honorary doctorates from Louisiana College, Southwest Baptist College, Charleston Southern University, and Trinity Baptist College.[5]


Strack served as Senior Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Ft. Myers, Florida, before founding Jay Strack Evangelistic Ministries in 1975. Since 1975 Strack has spoken to thousands of leaders, students, and organizations such as NASA, Walt-Disney Corporation, Universal Studios, and the United States Air-Force Academy.[6]

Strack is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention and has held various leadership roles within the denomination. He was elected president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists in 1990 and later served as Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention.[7] In 1999, Strack led an effort to lead one of the largest youth events in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention. On Dec 31, 1999, over 41,000 students gathered for a global simulcast event called YouthLink.[8]

In 2000, Strack co-founded Student Leadership University to serve youth pastors and train students in leadership principles.[9][10]Student Leadership University hosts Youth Pastors Summit (YPS) for Youth Pastors across the nation. These free events are held in Orlando, Dallas, Nashville, and Southern California.[11] Student Leadership University also host summer events in Orlando, Washington D.C., England, and Israel.[1]

Strack has worked with several Presidential administrations, campaigns, and initiatives.[12][13] He was appointed by Nancy Reagan to serve on the “Just Say No” anti-drug ad campaign and 1989, and he served on the board of the National Drug Control Policy under President George H.W. Bush.[14] In 2016 Strack served on President Donald J. Trumps Faith Advisory Council.[15] [16] This advisory group included Jack Graham, Bishop Harry Jackson, Jentezen Franklin, and others.[17] [18]. In 2017 Strack took part in President Donald J. Trumps Innaguartion Ceremonies at St. John's Church in Washington D.C.[16]

He has appeared on Fox News, CBN News, Daystar, and other news networks.[19]Strack also has been interviewed by various news publications, including Washington Post, America Voice News, and others. He also has written 30 published books and served as the editor for the Impact Student Leadership Bible originally published by Thomas Nelson Publishers in 2011.[20]

In 2020, the President of Charleston Southern University (CSU), Dondi Costin, announced the launch and creation of The Strack Center for Global Leadership and Ministry.[21]


  • Jay Strack (1979) Drugs and Drinking: The All American Cop-out- Sceptre Book ISBN 0840756984 Search this book on .
  • Jay Strack  (1985) Drugs and drinking what every teen and parent should know- Thomas Nelson ISBN 0840756984 Search this book on .
  • Jay Strack (1988) Editor- The Transformer: The Bible For Young Adults -Nelsonword Publishing Group- ISBN 0840721668 Search this book on .
  • Jay Strack (1989) Aim High: A Challenge for Life-Thomas Nelson Inc. ISBN 0840771827 Search this book on .
  • Jay Strack (1989) New Testament Way to Revival- Baptist Sunday School Board- ISBN 0805462589
  • Jay Strack (1990) Do the Work of an Evangelist- Baptist Sunday School Board- ISBN 0805460292 Search this book on .
  • Jay Strack (1993) Everything Worth Knowing I Learned Growing Up in Florida- Word Pub Group ISBN 0849935148 Search this book on .
  • Jay Strack (1994) Above and Beyond- Thomas Nelson- ISBN 0849911648
  • Jay Strack (1997) Until You Say I Do- LifeWay Press- ISBN 0767331818 Search this book on .
  • Jay Strack (2014) The Three Success Secrets of Shamgar- Faith Communications ISBN 0757318282 Search this book on .

See also[edit]


  1. "Dr. Jay Strack". Student Leadership University. Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  2. Johnson, Jenna (2020-12-03). "Strack Center | CSU". Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  3. University, Houston Baptist (2018-01-27). "Dr. Jay Strack Discusses Why He's Passionate About Reaching Today's Youth | Houston Baptist University". Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  4. Slaven, Emma (2021-01-29). "Strack, Jay | CSU". Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  5. Media, C. S. U. (2018-05-09). "SLU founder, CSU alum receives honorary doctorate | CSU". Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  6. "Southern Baptist Evangelists". Southern Baptist Evangelists. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  7. Goldman, Ari L.; Times, Special To the New York (1990-06-14). "New Orleans Journal; Bourbon Street Woos Wary Southern Baptists". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-11-26.
  8. "Students connect with music, worship during seven-city YouthLink 2000 | Baptist Press". Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  9. "SLU Founder Dr. Jay Strack to Speak at Spring Commencement May 6 | Palm Beach Atlantic University". Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  10. "Strack says God's Word timely; churches not baptizing teens". Baptist Press. Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  11. "YPS Pages Archive". Student Leadership University. Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  12. Zylstra, Kate Shellnutt and Sarah Eekhoff. "Who's Who of Trump's 'Tremendous' Faith Advisers". Retrieved 2021-11-26.
  13. "ELECTION 08: 3 former SBC presidents back Huckabee; Right to Life to endorse Thompson | Baptist Press". Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  14. "Reagan Library Collections" (PDF). Reagan Library. n.d. Retrieved October 18, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. "Trump's evangelical advisers, with Pelosi, push for 'dreamers'". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Hayden, Tom. "Fort Myers grad gives Trump spiritual advice". The News-Press. Retrieved 2021-11-26.
  17. "Jared Kushner strengthens evangelical ties to Trump, this time over prison reform". Washington Examiner. 2018-05-03. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  18. "Press Release - Trump Campaign Announces Evangelical Executive Advisory Board | The American Presidency Project". Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  19. "Atheists 'appalled' by weekly White House Bible study". Fox News. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  20. "Impact: The Student Leadership Bible-NKJV: Influence Your World (Hardcover) | Golden Lab Bookshop". Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  21. Johnson, Jenna (2020-12-03). "Strack Center | CSU". Retrieved 2021-05-25.

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