After Grade 6, Jake left school to support the family. He accepted Jesus as Saviour at 17 and attended Bible School at Cornerstone MB Church, Virgil, Ont., and Eden Christian College. On Lake Erie, Jake and Mary bought a farm, where they raised cattle, pigs and chickens and grew wheat, corn, soybeans, tomatoes and cucumbers. Jake had a deep faith in Jesus. At Port Rowan MB, he led Christian Service Brigade and taught Sunday school. He served on the deaconate, in the adult and men’s fellowship, on pastoral search and building committees, in conference leadership. Jake loved people; he was encouraged by how God could turn people’s lives around.