Reverend Nathaniel B. Legay, a native of Liberia, West Africa, joined Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, Jersey City, in 1972. He served as Lay Minister, Trustee, Class Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Minister and Business Manager. Rev. Legay received his Exhorters License on October 10, 1984, under the pastoral leadership of the late Reverend Dr. Andrew Wesley Mapp. He received his Local Preachers License on September 13, 1986 under the pastoral leadership of Rev. George W. Maize 111. Rev. Legay was ordained a Deacon on May 15, 1988 at the New Jersey Conference and ordained an Elder in 1989 at the Pee Dee Conference in South Carolina. He worked with the City of Jersey City Redevelopment Agency from 1974 to 1980, the Kislak Mortgage Company from 1980 to 1989. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics in 1977 at the Jersey City State College now called the New Jersey City University. He attended Hood Theological Seminary, Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina and received his Master of Divinity Degree in May 1992.
Rev. Legay’s first pastoral charge was Drucilla A.M.E. Zion Church, Chesterfield, South Carolina for six years. His second pastoral charge was New Saint Mark A.M.E. Zion Church, Westwood, New Jersey. His third pastoral charge was at Clinton Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Newark, New Jersey in 1995. His fourth pastoral charge was at Caldwell A.M.E. Zion Church, Bronx, New York from 1997 to 2007. Rev. Legay now serves as the devoted and diligent pastor of the historical Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, Jersey City, N.J. where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his last speech in New Jersey before an overflowing crowd.
Rev. Legay is an active member of the Jersey City Branch NAACP, the Urban League of Hudson County, and a founding board member of the Greenville Steering Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Examiners and Program Committee of the New Jersey Annual Conference. Rev. Legay is the Dean of the Jersey City District Local Preachers and Exhorters Institute. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations.
Rev. Legay is happily married to Sis. Gloria Jean Finnie Legay for 37 years and they are the proud parents of one son, Nathaniel Saye Legay.