Jake met Hildegard at Eden Christian College. He earned a BSc from McMaster University and studied 2 years at MB Bible College. Jake taught science and chemistry at Eden High School, St. Catharines, Ont., for 33 years, profoundly influencing many young people. After he retired in 1996, he enjoyed travelling and a second career in financial planning. Grieving the sudden loss of Hildegard to cancer in 2001, Jake found great solace in Hosea 14:9. He loved camping, gardening, and cooking. He didn’t mind getting silly with his grandchildren. Jake gave his retirement years to investing in young men and serving as an elder at Cornerstone Community Church. Impacted by a short-term mission trip to Burundi, Jake returned 3 times to offer leadership development and encouragement.