Jay James Perkins 1921-2018

Northwest lost a longtime friend of the seminary when Jay Perkins passed away this past July. He was predeceased by his wife Verna in 2014. Because of his love for Christ and his desire to serve Him, Jay lived an extraordinary life. Northwest, along with many other groups in the Fellowship, was greatly impacted by Jay.  

Jay loved to serve God. 

Jay used his skills in accounting and leadership as he served in the Canadian Army, as an entrepreneur, in Church leadership, in Sunday School and on the mission field with his wife Verna. With Dr. Jack Pickford, Jay established the Baptist Foundation, a non-profit agency for senior housing in BC. As a gifted leader, he served on Northwest’s Board of Governors, as a board member and later as chair. In the 70’s, Jay was the Financial Administrator for Northwest and Executive Director of Baptist Housing Ministries. 

Jay loved his family and friends.

In his later life, Jay started a men’s group at Elim Village in Surrey where he mentored many of the residents. He loved to share his wisdom with his family including his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. 

Jay loved to help our students.

 Jay established two scholarships at Trinity Western University and recently, the Jay and Verna Perkins Bursary Fund at Northwest Baptist Seminary. This special fund gives financial assistance to our students each year. We are very thankful for Jay and the Perkins family for their love and generosity.