A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 4-6, 2021
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA
Jake was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. Following his high school graduation, he went to Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. He met his wife Joan while studying there. Shortly after graduation, they married and moved to San Diego, where Jake served as Area Director for YoungLife in Point Loma. During his time on staff with YoungLife Jake continued his education at Fuller Theological Seminary. In 2008, he received his Master of Divinity degree, and was ordained as a Pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA. Jake’s first pastoral call was at La Jolla Presbyterian Church as the Youth and Children’s Pastor. After his first two years, he began to invest in students at Mission Bay High School. While there, he noticed that many students at Mission Bay were being bussed in from inner-city San Diego and the Spirit of God began something special.
As this ministry continued to grow Jake and La Jolla Presbyterian Church formed a non-profit called UrbanLife. UrbanLife has grown to 7 staff and reaches over 300 students and families each year. Concurrently, along the way, several community-based leaders, joined by a launch team from La Jolla Presbyterian Church, planted and chartered a PC(USA) congregation, Orange Ave Community Church. Jake served as both Executive Director of UrbanLife and Lead Pastor for Orange Ave Community Church. Both UrbanLife and Orange Ave Community Church are thriving.
Recently Jake felt the call of God to take on the role of Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church and has led the transition from a declining mainline denominational church to a thriving multi-cultural missional body that has seen over 15 new believer adult baptisms in 2017 and has started 3 church plants.
Jake and Joan have 4 kids. Two of which are adopted through the County of San Diego. Along with brothers and sisters from multiple congregations Jake and Joan helped start East Bay Orphan Care whose mission is to champion the cause of the fatherless, journey with those that are fostering/adopting, and partner financially with those who need it.