Jay C. Substad

Lakeville, Minnesota

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Susie, we were so sad to hear about Jay's death, and the shock and grief that your family has had to bear. I don't know of anyone who didn't like Jay. He always seemed very positive and full of energy. Even though we didn't get to know you and Jay as well as we would have liked, we have fond memories of Bethel days, including our 20th when Jay shared about the Honduras work that God had called him to. We are blessed to have known you and Jay, and pray that God will grant your family peace and...

I was playing broomball today with fellow Freshman dorm mates Steve Thompson and Dan Magnuson when I heard the news both of Jay being named Bethel alumnus of the year for 2013 as well as his recent journey to his heavenly home. We had many smiles as we talked about Jay. He truly was the "glue" which made our freshman dorm floor in Edgren so incredible! I also will never forget the support that Jay was for me my freshman year when my dad went to be with Jesus. Susie, my deepest...

I was playing pick-up broomball today with fellow Edgren dorm mates Steve Thompson and Dan Magnuson when I heard about Jay both being named Alumnus of the year for 2013 then about his recent journey to his heavenly home. We had so many smiles when remembering Jay today. He was the "glue" for such a fantastic Freshman dorm floor! I also distinctly remember the encouragement that Jay was for me when my dad went to be with Jesus my Freshman year. Susie, I want you to know that I am...

Substads, I haven't seen you since days at Bethel, but seeing your pictures, you've barely aged a day. When Jay passed, we were IN Honduras on a mission trip ourselves, got word of Jay's homegoing, and sent up many prayers for all of you. Que nuestro Señor Jesús consolarte y darte paz.

Dear Substad Family, I'm so sorry to hear of Jay's passing. I met him in Honduras and visited during Larry's wedding, and Jay always radiated the love of Christ. My heart aches for your loss. Come Lord Jesus!

I do not know the Substad family personally, but Jay came to speak at Chapel late in 2013 and I was touched by his drive to follow the will of God no matter where it took him. May the family have peace and comfort that only comes from the Lord in this time.

Substad family, we've never met, but my family and Jay's were close during Jay's childhood living in Apple Valley. My wife, Carlee (Christopherson), knew Jay when they attended Westview elementary school. We'd like to pass along our condolences. It sounds like Jay was a living saint, serving God's will and those in need. His amazing life story is very inspiring. May Christ give you comfort and peace during this difficult time. God bless, Jon Walman (3rd son of Mike and Mary Walman)

Jay was my leader in small group at Faith during high school: I certainly am thankful for the life he chose to lead and how he affected mine in such a powerful way. Look forward to sitting down in small group once again with you in the future, Jay.

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I was at Jay's celebration today and I have to say I'm proud of him and inspired by him. The last I ever saw of Jay was when I was 12 and we had to leave 450 Reflection Road to move to Pennsylvania. Jay was my best friend on the block growing up in Apple Valley. After viewing his legacy today at that packed church, I went away wishing I had still known him. But even a kid a few doors down can make an impact, and that he did. For some reason, I remember catching...


Jay's Obituary

Jay Substad passed away in Lakeville, Minnesota. The obituary was featured in Star Tribune on January 20, 2014.