Man Delivers Pizzas in Kentucky to Help Pay for Wife’s Master’s Degree in Christian Education

Jonathan Coaty talks with his wife Jesica and daughter Catherine from the car he uses to deliver pizza — a second job to help pay for his wife’s master’s degree.
Photo by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today

Jonathan Coaty has put out a lot of dough for his wife’s master’s degree in Christian education.

Pizza dough, that is.

Coaty took a second job delivering pizzas to cover the cost of tuition for his appreciative wife Jesica, a first-grade teacher at Beth Haven Christian School in Louisville. She is seeking her degree from nearby Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“My husband is more passionate about Christian education than most Christian educators,” Jesica said, fighting back tears as she talked about his sacrifice. “He has invested long hours in my degree. By the time I finish in December, he will have delivered nearly 7,000 pizzas.”

At the Highview Baptist Church Valley Station campus in Louisville, where the Coatys are members, Jonathan, 32, is seen as a living example of Ephesians 5:25, which calls for husbands to love their wives just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her.

“Seeing Jesica in my class every day knowing that her husband is delivering pizza every night so she can be there, I see a beautiful picture of what that verse is all about,” said Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention who teaches occasional leadership courses at the seminary in Louisville. “Marriage is all about teamwork, and Jonathan and Jesica model that for sure. It’s a beautiful thing.”

When Jesica, 32, a teacher for 12 years, considered pursuing her master’s degree, the question of how to pay for it weighed heavy. They would need about $9,000 a year for tuition. Jonathan’s pizza deliveries easily covered that.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press; Kentucky Today, Roger Alford