Jake graduated from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and Ohio University. He worked as a journalist for a short time before God called him into ministry in my 20s. Since that time, he was a youth pastor for five years before diving fully into the worship realm. He has been a worship pastor for the last six years.
BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE AND DUTIES AT FRESHWATER:
My main role at Freshwater is to facilitate our times of corporate worship and lead our worship teams.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY:
Holland and I both grew up in Wadsworth but met after high school. She later told me that she was most impressed by my blue jeans the first time we met (they were Levi’s, in case anyone was wondering). When she told me that, I was hoping she meant that she was impressed by my genetic genes, but that was not the case; although, I think my genes grew on her because we got married in 2012. We have two young children, Caden and Aliyah. We love being their parents.
WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF A PERFECT DAY OFF?
My perfect off day centers around time with my family as we seek intentional rest. One of our favorite things to do is stay home on our off day and get outside in the yard or neighborhood, especially during the summer. The kids run around the yard, and we play with them or do yard work and simply enjoy the sunshine. Then, we come inside and make dinner, give the kids a bath, and get them to bed. If I have time to read a book, that’s a pleasant bonus. That’s the perfect day off.
MOST USED EMOJI ON YOUR PHONE? 😛
YOU HAVE YOUR OWN LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW. WHO DO YOU INVITE AS YOUR FIRST GUEST?
I would invite the person that made the Segway. Seriously, that person is a genius! I’ve never ridden on one, but I feel like you’d have to feel like a cyborg (half-man, half-robot) on one of those. It’s incredible. The other person I would invite for an interview is King David. He was described as a man after God’s own heart, and I’d love to ask him: “Show me how you pursued God. Tell me how you engaged Him.” Later in life, David experienced some incredible failure and pain, beginning with his own infidelity, the breakdown of his family and, ultimately, a deep betrayal from those he loved. David would certainly know joy, but he would also know pain, which would make for a deeply powerful interview.
WHAT WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE FOOD AS A CHILD? DO YOU EAT IT AS AN ADULT?
Mushrooms. I abstain from mushrooms in all areas of my life. I don’t eat them, sniff them, or smash them up to use on my cuticles. They are a vile fungus that I’m convinced were a product of The Fall in Genesis. 😛 If you enjoy mushrooms, I love you, but we can never order a pizza together. We will go for Mexican food, instead.
WHAT IS A BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ LATELY THAT HAS IMPACTED YOUR LIFE?
I reread A.W. Tozer’s, The Pursuit of God, a few months ago. It is a monumental Christian work, and it broke my heart anew for the person of Jesus. I want Him and all of Him, and yet, the cares of this world distract me from the central goal of my life: to know Him and love Him.
Tozer writes, “Religion has accepted the monstrous heresy that noise, size, activity and bluster make a man dear to God. But we may take heart. To a people caught in the tempest of the last great conflict God says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10), and still He says it, as if He means to tell us that our strength and safety lie not in noise but in silence.”
IF YOU COULD ELIMINATE ONE THING FROM YOUR DAILY ROUTINE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Shaving. It can be uncomfortable and time-consuming; so most of the time, I resort to not shaving and live with the five-day shadow.