Jay Height is the executive director of Shepherd Community Center and has served the near-east side of Indianapolis since 1995. At Shepherd, Height leads the charge in breaking the cycle of poverty. In ten years, Height has accomplished a budget growth from $100,000 to the current $4.2 million and a staff growth from three to more than sixty. In addition, he completed renovations of Shepherd’s old facilities as well as a $3.4 million renovation and relocation to the current community center. Prior to leading Shepherd, Height served at Common Ground Ministries in Cincinnati for three years. There, he was responsible for all fundraising and the operation of transitional housing for homeless families. Additionally, he designed and implemented a new program for urban teens. Height has received numerous honors over the years, including the most recent in 2004. The Indianapolis Business Journal named him one of the top leaders – “40 Under 40.” In 1999, he was honored as the Citizen of the Year by Indianapolis Domino’s Pizza, and in 1998 as the Crime Fighter of the Year by the Indianapolis Police Department. In addition, Height has served as a board member of the Indianapolis/Marion County Library and was a founding board member of Sack Hunger, a hunger relief organization. Height, a native of Ohio, received his Master of Ministry degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Political Science from Wright State University. Height received his ordination requirements from Nazarene Bible College. Jay and his wife, Jane, along with their three children, live in the community in which they serve–the near east-side of Indianapolis.