“Leadership is influence; the foundation of influence must be love.”

~ Rev. Dr. Joddi-Jay Babcock

Greetings! My name is Joddi-Jay. I am a follower of Jesus, doctor of strategic leadership, ordained minister, servant leadership practitioner; dedicated to helping leaders and their organizations to thrive.

My life Scripture“‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:29-31).

doctor of strategic leadership

I am a doctoral graduate of Regent University, Virginia. My specialization is in servant leadership. As a leadership coach and consultant, I serve individuals, teams, and organizations.


I have had a wide variety of speaking opportunities: Retreats, conferences, fundraising events, workshops, seminars, webinars, and church services.

executive leader

I have been the Executive Director of Life Choices Yakima since 2014. It is a privilege to serve women and men facing pregnancy decisions with compassion, hope, and help. The last several years Life Choices has expanded services, increased relationships with donors and partners, and built community awareness.


My articles have been published in several online publications and a devotional book. I have been a blogger since 2013. My first book is scheduled for winter 2022.

additional experience + education

pastoral ministries

1991 – present

I have held a variety of leadership positions in youth ministry, music ministry, women’s ministry, discipleship, church administration, and served as lead co-pastor and lead interim pastor. I was initially ordained with the General Council of the Assemblies of God and transferred credentials to the Free Methodist Church.


I married my best friend, Jonathan, in 1985, and we have had a blessed life together. We have five adult children and seven beautiful grandchildren.

masters of organizational leadership

concentration: coaching and mentoring

2013, Regent University, Virginia.

bachelors of social sciences

concentrations: political science, history, and women’s studies

2006, Washington State University.

My passion is to help you thrive in life and leadership. It all starts with a vibrant relationship with Jesus. I look forward to hearing how we can work together.