Rev. Dr. Joddi-Jay Babcock

Jesus follower, servant leader practitioner, pastor, author, speaker, consultant

Leadership is influence, and the foundation of influence must be love.

Rev. Dr. Joddi-Jay Babcock

My name is Joddi-Jay Babcock. ‘Joddi-Jay’ is my first name (a gift bestowed on me by my creative, loving mom). Please call me ‘Joddi-Jay’ or ‘JJ’, whichever you prefer.

I married my best friend, Jonathan, in 1985, and have had a life of unexpected adventures together. We have five adult children and eight grandchildren.

My passion is to help you thrive in life and leadership. It all starts with a vibrant relationship with Jesus.

My life Scripture: “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord.  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these” (Mark 12:29-31 NLT).


Pastoral ministries (1991 to present). I am the interim lead pastor at the Free Methodist Church in Yakima, Washington. Over the years, I have served in variety of leadership roles in youth ministry, music ministry, discipleship, church administration, lead co-pastor, and interim leader pastor. I was originally ordained with the Assemblies of God and transferred credentials to the Free Methodist Church USA.

Executive leadership (2014 to 2023). I had the privilege of serving as the Executive Director of Life Choices Clinic & Care Center in Yakima, Washington. During my tenure, Life Choices expanded its facility, services, and programs, increased relationships with donors, and grew community awareness.

Speaker. I have enjoyed numerous speaking opportunities at retreats, conferences, fundraising events, seminars, webinars, and church services.

Author. My articles have been published in several online publications, including a devotional e-book. I have been a blogger since 2013. I have written two books: Keep the Light On: Leadership Lessons from the Pregnancy Help Movement and Thrive: Reflections on Living and Leading with Jesus.


Doctor of Strategic Leadership (2020). Regent University, Virginia. Specialization: Servant Leadership.

Master of Organizational Leadership (2013). Regent University, Virginia. Concentration: Coaching and Mentoring.

Bachelor of Social Sciences (2006). Washington State University. Concentrations: Political Science, History, and Women’s Studies.



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