Jay Blough – Board Director (January 1, 2023)
Jay grew up on a farm in Iowa. His formal education includes an Associates degree from Hesston College
in 1967 and a BS in Education from Emporia State University in 1970. His informal education began on
the farm, through summer jobs and continues today as a entrepreneur.
Jay brings to ROAD his knowledge learned from his lifetime experiences as an entrepreneur in the
building materials and construction industry. He has been involved in many phases of this industry
including, business administration, in manufacturing and distribution of cellulose fiber insulation, retail
of commercial and residential roofing, insulation and siding at multiple locations, 3 years as a regional
vice president for a national building distributor, sales and land development of acreages units, retail
safety supply stores and commercial warehouse management. Early on he learned that his success was
dependent on God’s blessing and the wonderful people who worked for him.
Jay has served on various church boards as a trustee and new construction areas. He is actively involved
with the annual Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale which supports MCC, the church world relief
organization. He is also involved with Mennonite Economic Development Associates which provides
start-up funds for third world entrepreneurs. For the last 25 years, he has been actively involved with
Mennonite Disaster Service and other service projects most recently completing a 9 year term as
Oklahoma MDS Chairman. He has been blessed by those whom he has served and by the volunteers he
has worked along side. He has enjoyed learning to know the people and working with various disaster
organizations involved with VOAD.
Jay and Mary, his wife of 55 years, have been blessed with 4 children, their spouses and 8 grandchildren.
He especially enjoys spending time with family, working outside with big machinery and in his shop.
Their recent purchase of a piece of property with a large lake will provide a lot of opportunity for
recreation and for Jay to use his big equipment.
Through Jay’s Anabaptist heritage, he developed a strong sense of compassion for those hurting from
disaster with no means of recovery on their own. Although he would rather be swinging a hammer,
serving on the ROAD Board provides an opportunity to use his God given abilities developed over a
lifetime to continue to make his faith live through service.
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” James 2:26 NIV