his Life

To be read over Jey's body...

Jey kept a framed print of this “Psalm 23 for Busy People,” a paraphrase by Japanese poet Toki Miyashina, in his office and referred to it often over the years, so we thought it would be appropriate and honoring to have it read over his body right before it gets cremated. Even though cremation is very unceremonious thing, we believe that God can still minister to the cremation technician through Jey in a small postmortem way. 

The Lord is my Pace-setter, I shall not rush;
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals.
He provides me with images of stillness, which restore my serenity;
He leads me in the ways of efficiency through calmness of mind,
And His guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for His presence is here.
His timelessness, His all importance, will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity
By anointing my mind with His oils of tranquility.
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours,
For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord, and dwell in His house forever. 

Jey was known for...

... his faith and love of the Lord Jesus Christ; his phenomenal authority as a Minister of Word and Sacrament; his sweet, generous, appreciative, tender, loving, and shepherding pastoral spirit; his support of local and compassionate ministries to the poor; his southern warmth and great dancing; his interest in playing tennis and golf, fishing, sailing, and gardening; his love for reading, studying the Word, catching up on the news, and watching movies; his being ready to pray with anyone at a moment’s notice; and his beloved family.

Synopsis of Jey's education and ministry

Jey graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1962, from Columbia Theological Seminary with an M.Div in Systematic Theology in 1966, and from New College of the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) with a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology in 1969. He pastored four churches and was active in their corresponding presbyteries over a 40-year period, including Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church in MD (1969-1977); Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clearwater, FL (1978-1990); First Presbyterian Church of York, PA (1990-1996); and First Church of Christ, Congregational in Wethersfield, CT (1996-2009).

Scripture important to Jey