MUST READ: What Is “Preachers of L.A.?”

Born in Gadsden, Alabama, he began skating as a teenager, after receiving his first board as a Christmas present. While skating brought him money and acclaim, it led him to Newport Beach, where fell into drug abuse and spent 12 years as a junkie. His life changed when he “encountered a man who told him about Jesus,” according to his website, and “asked Jesus to be Lord of his life.”

“Who is Jay Haizlip?” gets a much different answer in the seedy drug dens of Huntington Beach, where the married father of three now does the bulk of his work. As Oxygen says in a press release describing “The Preachers of L.A.,” he’s “back in the crack houses again,” only now, he’s not looking to score drugs. Instead, he “reaches out to troubled youth, finding them in prisons, skate parks and the same crack houses he once shot dope in.”

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