IN MEMORY OF Jay Alan Howard
Jay’s obituary December 31, 1955 – January 17, 2019
Jay Alan Howard, age 63, went to live with Jesus from sudden cardiac arrest on January 17, 2019. Jay was born December 31, 1955 to Philip and Olive (Swenson) Howard. Jay graduated from Osseo High School, MN in 1974, was an Eagle Scout and graduated from North Central Bible College with a BA in Behavioral Science. Jay was a counter cult expert, international lecturer, conference organizer, missionary to cultists, author of Confronting the Cultist in the New Age and councilor who devoted his life to trying to help those who were harmed by destructive groups. Jay married Melanie Willard on May 7, 1983. Jay was known for his love of serving God, first and foremost, and for his quirky sense of humor which we lovingly referred to as “Howard humor”.
Jay is survived by his wife, Melanie of almost 36 years, brother Jon (Kathy) Howard of Little Canada, MN; sister Jeanne (Bill) Jeska of Champlin, MN; sister in law Kristi Howard; beloved cousin Dort Swenson; Sisters and brothers of Melanie; Kristin, Martin, Rosalie, Steve, Jan Marie, Dave and Lynne and many nieces and nephews. Jay is preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Randy.
Memorial services are : Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 in the Hocking Hills, Ohio-officiated by Pastor Carl Harris, from Gettysburg PA and May 17th at Revive Church in MN.
Cards and donations may be sent to Melanie Howard – c/o W. Logan Wesleyan Church, 1221 Trimmer Street, Logan, OH 43138.
The need for Christians to be able to give reasons for the hope that lies within them, is becoming increasingly more important as we move ever closer to the Lord’s return, The cults and the occult are bringing increasing pressure to bear on society and leading many away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Though they claim to bring “truth,” theirs is only a perverse counterfeit of the simple Gospel of our Lord. However, their numbers continue to grow every year at an alarming pace.
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