Semi-retired shepherd-pastor-teacher. His passion to excel at edifying the Church (I Cor 14:12) is borne primarily through teaching, discipling and encouraging. Six Bible studies, and a number of one-on-one discipling times are his primary community-wide ministry emphases. He still preaches upon request and loves the people and loves what he does.
Natives of Ohio and Michigan, Pastor Jake and Sharry came to Monument Bible Church in August 1991 after serving 10 years as Village Missionaries. After beginning his work career as a math teacher, counselor, varsity basketball and baseball coach, athletic director and an elementary school principal in Breckenridge, MI, he founded Quadrant Northwest Real Estate Appraisal service serving NW Michigan, and for 25 years he enjoyed serving part-time as a professional ski instructor.
Jake holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University as well as an Advanced Biblical Studies Certificate from Calvary Bible College. In addition to his responsibilities at MBC as assistant pastor, he also has taught Biblical Studies and Discipleship for Frontier School of the Bible and taught classes for the Valley Home School Association. He delightedly served as a Gideon for 12 years.
It’s been 52 years since he married his wife Sharry (Precious). Their family includes four grown children, their spouses and eight grandchildren. He also enjoys archery, fly-fishing and golf.
Romans 4:20, 21
He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory (δόξα) to God. And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.