SUPERINTENDENT JAY ALLEN GOODING SR. is the fourth and youngest child of Bishop Ceacer and Co-Pastor, Josephine Gooding. He was born in New York City on October 9, 1961. Pastor Gooding was raised in the Bronx, New York, and attended Public Schools there. He is a graduate of DeWitt Clinton H.S., and holds a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Lighthouse Christian College. Supt Gooding received an Honorary Doctorate of Theology Degree from the School of the Great Commission Bible College, August, 2022. He is married to Nicole Stacey Ann Gooding and is the father of four children, Latiesha Janee (deceased), Jay Jr., Vaughn, and Jayme; and grandfather ofseven, Jahvon, Jay III, Jordane, Jayson, Princeton, Jayce and Jayden.

At the tender age of 5, Superintendent Gooding began playing the organ, under the tutelage of Dr. Becky Carlton. He became the organist of Miracle Revival Temple in the Bronx, NY under the pastorate of his father at the age of 11 years old. From 1984-1987 he was a member of the Award Winning Gospel Recording Artist, “The Ecstatistics”. His music ministry inspired him to start a community choir, “Jay Gooding and Fellowship” in 1991. They have recorded five albums including “No Stopping Us Now – The Remix Project” (#1 single – 3 consecutive weeks on the Top Ten Countdown on WTHE). Their latest release in 2002 was “Nobody Can Do Me Like Jesus” (which had two songs in the Top Ten Countdown for over six weeks) and was submitted for Grammy Nomination.

Superintendent Gooding was called to the Word Ministry and preached his initial sermon on November 19, 1993 at Miracle Revival Temple and on December 29, 1996, Pastor Gooding answered the call of the Lord and established​ the Fellowship Tabernacle Ministries Church of God in Christ, located in the northeastern section of the Bronx, NY.​ On February 15, 2009 Superintendent Gooding was appointed to serve as Pastor at Miracle Revival Temple by his​ father, the late Bishop Ceacer Gooding. Fellowship Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C., and Miracle Revival Temple are now recognized as “One Church in Two Locations

Miracle Revival Temple partnered with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and the New York Police Department, when it participated as one of the six sites for the initial “Bronx Gun Buy Back” in 2009 and in 2016, Fellowship Tabernacle hosted another “Bronx Gun Buy Back” where 99 guns were surrendered.

In January 2003, Superintendent Gooding and the Fellowship Family joined the Church of God in Christ, First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Eastern New York, under the leadership of the late Prelate, Bishop James Gaylord; where Bishop J. Drew Sheard serves as the International Presiding Bishop. In July of 2004 Superintendent Gooding was appointed by Bishop James Gaylord to succeed the late Bishop William J. Robinson as Superintendent of the Glorified Bronx District, which he renamed to the “Bishop William J. Robinson Memorial District”.

 As a Superintendent in the Church of God in Christ, Pastor Gooding oversees five churches in Bronx County, and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of Eastern New York’s “Urban and Civic Affairs Department” for the church.

From 1999-2003, Superintendent Gooding served on the Executive Board of the Bronx Borough President’s Clergy Task Force Coalition.; from 2002-2008, Superintendent Gooding was elected to the Executive Board of the 44th Precinct Clergy Coalition, where he served as treasurer, then elected to vice-president and currently serves on the Executive Board. From May 2002 to 2004, he served on Community Board Eleven, Bronx NY. From 2003-2008, heserved as the Executive Director of C.H.I.P.S. (Chaplains Helping In Police Situations).

In 2007, Superintendent Gooding was appointed by the Hon. Assemblyman Carl Heastie to sit on the Board of Directors of the Bronx Business Alliance. In 2008, he was appointed by the Mayor of Peekskill, the Hon. Mary F. Foster, to sit on the Board of Directors of the Peekskill Youth Bureau, Peekskill NY. Superintendent Gooding is currently serving as President of the 49th Precinct Clergy Council.

Superintendent Gooding is the Director of Community Outreach, SUV (Stand Up to Violence), Bronx SNUG at Jacobi Hospital (an extension of “Cure Violence, Chicago, Illinois).

In January 2017, Pastor Gooding accepted an invitation to speak at the NYPD PBBx Interfaith Prayer Service, in January 2018, he delivered the Invocational Prayer at the New York City Stated Council Meeting and on February 27, 2018, he delivered the opening prayer for the New York State Assembly after accepting an invitation from New York State Speaker of the House, the Honorable Carl Heastie.

In 2003, Superintendent Gooding served as vice-chairman of the “Urban and Civic Affairs” Dept. of the Church of God in Christ in the First Jurisdiction of Eastern N.Y.; and in January of 2019, he was appointed to serve as the Coordinator of Civic and Urban Affairs Department for the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Eastern New York and in was appointed to serve as the Chairman of the Civic and Urban Affairs Department in January of 2021.

Of the numerous awards and citations Superintendent Gooding has received, he is included in the 2009 edition of “Who’s Who in Black New York City”. He is also the recipient of The 49th Police Precinct Community Council’s 2009 “Tom Twyman Citizen of the Year Award”, and the “NYPD 2013 Partnership in Community Award” presented by Asst. Chief Carlos M. Gomez of Patrol Borough Bronx, during the “2013 Bronx Clergy Fellowship Awards Ceremony”. In April of 2017, the Community Council of the 43rd Precinct presented Supt. Gooding with the “2017 Civilians Award”, and in February 2018, he was the recipient of the “Black History Month Achievement Award” presented by Council member Vanessa Gibson, New York City Council District 16.

He is committed to God first, and has a genuine and sincere concern for people and the communities.

He says, “To God be the glory, for all the things he has done.”