Jake is the blessed husband of Juliane (married 18 years) and the proud father of four growing boys. He and Juliane love the local church and count it a privilege to serve with God on His mission. They have a heart for ministering to young families who are learning how to follow Jesus. Jake specifically enjoys working with young dads and encouraging them in the task of leading and serving their families.
Jake holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Music from Bethel University. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from Luther Rice University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Luther Rice University.
Jake has served as a Worship Pastor, an Associate Pastor and most recently as a Lead Pastor/Church Planter. He has learned many lessons about life, leadership and ministry while starting a church from scratch.
He is passionate about exponential discipleship (making disciples who make disciples). Jake also has a compassionate heart to counsel and walk alongside leaders as they grow.
Much of Jake’s gifting lies in understanding and engaging the hearts of people by God’s Spirit. He loves the study of preaching (homiletics) and has worked with young preachers to help them understand Biblical exposition. Over the last 3 years Jake has traveled to Central Asia and the Middle East to teach and encourage ministry leaders and new believers.
Jake's heart is to see disciples made in gospel-centered communities as they serve on the mission of God together.
In his free time he enjoys spending time with his kids, running, lifting weights, coaching, reading, playing softball and golfing.
Elder Shepherd in Training
I am married to Sara Hooge and have four boys: Jakeb, Christian, Joshua and Caleb. We moved to the Pillager area in September of 2018. I am humbled at being called to be an Elder Shepherd in training, and thankful for the wonderful church family God has brought us to. I feel our purpose as God's children is to be ready for His call and with a willing heart share the gospel truth in all circumstances. As this truth is shared, and we move forward in faith, heart transformations will take place.
It is humbling to serve as an Elder Shepherd. I have discovered the value and design of a plurality in leadership; through scripture, we are working together to seek Christ and His will for us. We hold one another accountable for the care of His Church and interpretation of His Word. We are always considering our purpose: that we exist to love, serve and proclaim, so that Jesus may be known and followed. I am excited to nurture this purpose!
Worship Ministry Intern
Elder Shepherd in Training
I am married to Stephanie and we have been blessed with four wonderful boys: Gabe, Drew, Luke, and Sam. I am now working at Up North Eye Care and love working as a team with my wife at the clinic. I believe that we are called to bring the message of the gospel to everyone regardless of our job or circumstances. Our free time consists of Wrestlemania, board games, and nerf gun battles. I am honored to serve at FBC!
Children's Ministry Co-Director
It is a joy to serve the children and families of FBC through Children's Ministry! My husband Grant and I live in Baxter and are excited to be welcoming our first two children (twins!) into our family. I hold a degree in Child and Family Psychology and come from a background in youth development, serving children of all ages in a variety of faith-based, educational and recreational settings. My passion is to see children come to know and love Jesus while discovering a strong foundation for their faith in His word. It is a privilege to serve alongside others with a shared passion, seeking the Lord's heart for the discipleship of our youngest church attendees.