What is the role of an elder?


“Jay” serves as an Elder of Beth Am Messiah.  J. Marshall Gage Jr. was born and raised in a Presbyterian Church where his mother was the church organist and his father was an Elder.  When he was very young Jay’s Jewish friends taught their favorite song, “There was an Old Lady who swallowed a fly,”  Jay taught them his favorite song, “Jesus Loves Me.”  Their mothers laughed.  

Jay made a personal commitment to the Lord at Word of Life Camp in Schroon Lake, NY.  Later in college, Jay met his future wife Laurie.  Together they faced the challenges of founding an Olive Tree  (Jewish and Gentile) Marriage.  During that time they grew to love Ephesians 2:14.  “For He is our peace who has made us both one and broken down the dividing wall of hostility.”  This has been a calling for Jay.

The Gages were married under a Chuppah in 1981 by Dr. Daniel Fuchs.  In 1984,  they participated in the Chosen People Ministries’ Summer Training and Evangelism Program.  Their daughter, Jennifer is active in the congregation and has served at Jews for Jesus’s Camp Gilgal East. They have been a part of Beth Am Messiah for over 20 years serving in teaching Shabbat School, Hebrew and Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparations.  Jay is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and has attended the Alliance Theological Seminary as well as Messianic Jewish Theological Institute.


Daniel was raised in a Messianic Jewish home and has been serving on the Worship Team at Beth Am Messiah for over fifteen years.  He began serving as Assistant Worship Team Leader and as a servant leader in 2010 and in 2014 he began serving in a larger capacity as Worship Team and Young Adult Leader.  In May 2015, he became an Elder.






Weibe currently serves as an Elder and as the Assistant Congregational Leader of Beth Am Messiah in New City, NY.  Weibe, a native of Ethiopia, came to the U.S. as a refugee when he was college-aged, then worked his way through college and seminary.  He has been actively involved in serving congregations in a lay capacity since the time he embraced his

faith as a teenager and suffered persecution for it.  He graduated from Alliance Theological Seminary in 2002 with a M.Div. in Missions and is blessed to be using that degree to teach, preach, and serve at Beth Am Messiah.  A devoted husband and father, Weibe loves his wife, Kristen, and three children.

Over a period of several years, God birthed in Weibe a desire to serve the Ethiopian Jewish communities in Israel and in Ethiopia.  He and Kristen want to partner with individuals and groups to build up the morale, skills, and cultural/linguistic understanding in order for them to thrive in Israel.  Central to this goal is revealing faith in Yeshua in authentic Jewish practice.  Beta Israel Ethiopian Ministries has been formed to meet those needs.