Who is Jay Haizlip? Jay Haizlip is among the six pastors due to be featured on “The Preachers of L.A.” a new Oxygen reality series headed Oxygen in the fall of 2013. Jay Haizlip is the founder and senior pastor of the Sanctuary, the Orange County church where he preaches “a powerful message of hope, purpose and passion in Christ,” according to his official website.
Haizlip is perhaps better known as a former professional skateboarder, and the Alabama native, nicknamed Jay “Alabamy,” earned a great deal of notoriety in his youth and an endorsement deal from Vision Skateboards. Unfortunately, with fame came drug addiction, and it was after a 12-year struggle with substance abuse that he found Jesus and became a minister.
“Who is Jay Haizlip?” is a question bound to yield different answers, depending on who you ask. Skateboarding fanatics will praise his aggressive pool-skating techniques, which he displayed throughout the ‘80s, riding alongside the likes of Tony Alva and Steve Olson and appearing in such magazines as Thrasher.