After relocating Hunter Hills Baptist from Merritt Drive to Life Community Church on Wendover, Pastor Jake saw the hand of God moving and the ministry of God expanding. Now that the area around LCC continues to change, he has prayed that God reveal and lead us into a new vision plan.
“I’ve experienced my share of adversity,” Pastor Jake says, “but that’s to be expected because we have a relentless enemy and the eternal souls of people are at stake. When you’re serving the King and building his Kingdom, there are battles. But the blessings far outweigh the battles, and God is always faithful.”
“As we step out by faith God opens doors, but the doors remain closed until we step out by faith," Pastor Jake says. "I love teaching the word and experiencing God in worship, but God has called us ‘to the fields that are white unto harvest’ and when we respond there are blessings we can’t explain and the world can’t steal. Life is our gift from God and what we do with it is our gift to God.”
“As I look back over the years of ministry,” says Pastor Jake, “I’m in awe of what God has done. I’ve been blessed, and if God could use me, He could use anyone. I still wrestle with every message I preach, but I trust the Lord who called me to provide and He has never failed me."
Family: Wife, Patsy (married over 40 years; engaged on Oct. 13, got license Oct. 14 and were married Oct. 15); son, Jake III, completing an MA at SEBTS, part-time at Mosaic, an LCC church plant; daughter, Amanda, and son-in-law Justin Dodson; three grandchildren: Gracie, Garrett, & Luke.
Hobbies: Family, church and sports (favorite team, South Carolina’s Gamecocks); works out three days a week.
Three adjectives that best describe him: Honest, loyal and driven
Favorite scriptures: Matthew 6:33; Proverbs 3:5-7; favorite is John 15:16 - “You did not chose me, but I chose you…” because it “confirmed the journey and has strengthened me in extremely difficult times.”
To the congregation: “In 1983 Patsy and I were sitting on our deck at our home overlooking an 18-acre pond hesitant about leaving our family and friends to go to seminary, and I said, 'One day we will look back and rejoice in what God has done.' That was 29 years ago, and if God were to call me home today it has been an unforgettable, unbelievable blessing, and it’s all because of you. Thank you for allowing me to be your pastor and friend. Let’s expect great things from God and attempt great things for God!'”