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 his 20s. Since that time, he was a youth pastor for five years before diving fully into the worship realm. His main role at Freshwater is to facilitate our times of corporate worship and lead our worship teams.
Jake and his wife Holland both grew up in Wadsworth but met after high school. She later told him that she was most impressed by his blue jeans the first time they met (they were Levi’s, in case anyone’s wondering). When she told him that, Jake was hoping she meant that she was impressed by his genetic genes, but that was not the case. Fortunately, his genes must have grown on Holland because they got married in 2012 and now have two young children, Caden and Aliyah. They love being their parents.
Jake’s perfect off day centers around time with his family as they seek intentional rest. One of his favorite things to do is stay home on an off day and get outside in the yard or neighborhood, especially during the summer. The kids run around the yard, and they play with them or do yard work and simply enjoy the sunshine. Then, they come inside and make dinner, give the kids a bath, and get them to bed. If Jake has time to read a book, that’s a pleasant bonus.
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