Leaving A Legacy | Jay Minnick and John Alvarez
Jay Minnick met John Alvarez several years ago while coaching Upward Soccer at Pleasant Valley. While coaching, Jay noticed that John would stay to watch while his son played. Having a son in Upward himself, Jay approached John and asked if he would be interested in helping coach the team alongside him. While John was initially nervous to join him, Jay’s boldness led John to take Jay up on the offer.
“Jay schmoozed me,” John said. “He saw how I was with my son, saw that I was competitive and enjoyed athletics. Our similarities drew him to me.” Built on their interests, their friendship quickly blossomed.
“Jay schmoozed me. He saw how I was with my son, saw that I was competitive and enjoyed athletics. Our similarities drew him to me.”
When Jay would need to travel for work, he invited John to take over coaching responsibilities for the team. The trust Jay had in him on the soccer field led John to become more open to conversations about faith and Jesus.
Jay invited John to begin joining him and several other men for a Friday morning bible study. “He became a mentor to me,” John said. “He became my accountability partner, that guy that I could call at 3AM and he would come over. Seeing that in him made me want to do the same for others.”
As Jay saw John grow deeper in his faith, Jay invited him to take another step in faith and get involved in the Pleasant Valley student ministry. Jay noticed John’s gifting with students, and him to join him in helping with his weekly serving being gifted in helping with.
“He became my accountability partner, that guy that I could call at 3AM and he would come over. Seeing that in him made me want to do the same for others.”
“I told him to shut up, but it was Jay’s faith that expanded my vision for what was possible for me to do. He could see the potential in me and he pushed me out of my comfort zone.” John took Jay’s challenge and began to join him at student ministry events.
Eventually, John came to Summerfest, where his love for students continued to grow. John has since returned year after year, leading groups of guys through both Summerfest and student ministry events like Unleash and Community Groups.
“It wasn’t manufactured or forced, it was simply being willing to be a friend that led John to trust Jesus’s work in his life and take steps of faith.”
As he has watched John grow, Jay has been amazed at God’s faithfulness to John in his marriage, personal growth, and parenting. “It wasn’t manufactured or forced, it was simply being willing to be a friend that led John to trust Jesus’s work in his life and take steps of faith.” Now John is teaching students on a regular basis, and he and his wife are engaged in many other areas of Pleasant Valley. Many students attribute their own spiritual growth to John’s investment, which began with Jay’s willingness to walk across the soccer field and invite John into a friendship.
Jay has left a legacy with John, who is leaving a legacy with countless students who are the future of the church. What will your legacy be?