Pastor Jay O'Dell and his wife Sharon
Pastor O’Dell and Sharon have been married for 28 years and have three children. Johnathon and his wife Brittany, lives in Graham, NC, Amber and her husband Peter lives in Graham, NC and have one son Aidan, and Amanda, lives at home.
Pastor O’Dell was saved at age 22. He is a 2003 graduate of Greensboro Bible Institute. He served at Hico Baptist Church in Graham, NC for 17 years doing anything from teaching Sunday School to leading the Teen Youth group on Wednesday Nights until being called to the preach in 2007. Ordained in 2009, Pastor O’Dell was called to be the Youth Pastor at Hico. He began working with the Junior Church on Sunday Mornings and continued working with the Teens on Wednesday Nights. In 2013, Pastor O’Dell resigned as youth pastor and began to search where the Lord would have him and his wife to serve. During this time they became members of Friendship Baptist Church in Elon, NC. This was a time for God to work in their lives in many different ways. As the Lord opened up doors, Pastor O’Dell would fill pulpits as other pastors needed him. In 2015, the Lord led Calvary Baptist Church of North Lenoir County to call Him to be their pastor. After much prayer and seeking counsel from trusted fellow pastors, he accepted the call a few days later.