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!
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 teaching at Pillager Middle School and I take joy in teaching the kids that are in my care. 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!
I hold a music minor degree, as well as a Bachelor's in Science degree in Nursing from Bethel University. I have been teaching private music lessons, serving in music ministry, leading, directing, and coordinating worship teams for the past 20 years. I enjoy working with others to discover their passion and gifts of music to serve and praise the LORD. I desire worship to be transformational, to go beyond the Sunday morning service and be ingrained in our everyday lives. As you serve, you’ll notice I also like to have fun together, building team unity while we grow deeper in our understanding of what it means to lead worship and to praise the LORD in all things. If you are interested in serving on our teams please contact me! We’d love for you to join our worship team.
Worship Ministry Intern
I am a freshman at Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji. I am looking forward to growing and learning while being an intern here at FBC. Singing has always been a part of me throughout my whole life. I've been singing in church for many years whether it's through a youth band or kids choir. God has given me this love to play music and lead worship for His glory. I hope to lead the church in a time to be in the presence of God through the songs we have done while sprinkling in some new songs.
Children's Ministry Intern
I am also excited to be able to watch your children grow into the children God has made them to be. A few things about me--I graduated with a paraprofessional degree from St. Cloud Technical and Community College. I love working with the young children and watching them become who they are as themselves and watching their personalities grow! I also am working at Camp JIM as an intern and learning to grow in many different ways there. I really enjoy being able to spend time with friends & family, coffee, messing around with my camera and playing my guitar and piano. I am excited to be able to work with your kiddos this year!
I am grateful that I am able to serve at FBC as the Communications Coordinator. I enjoy working behind the scenes to be able to support the rest of our team. I am excited to see Church continue to grow in the way God has for it. I am passionate about seeing others grow deeper in their relationship with the Lord, as well as watching the light click for new believers! A verse I love sharing with others is Philippians 4:6-7.
Student Ministry Co-Director
I am excited to be working with our Adrenaline youth again this year! I am passionate about our Adrenaline program because I want every teen to know they are loved and important. My goal is to help teenagers grow in their relationship with God and help make FBC a place where teens can feel like they belong, connect to others, and encounter God.
Student Ministry Co-Director
My role at FBC in youth ministry is one of the most rewarding roles I have had. I have a passion to see youth living for the Lord. Watching them take their steps in faith is so exciting. Jeremiah 29:11 is a verse I love to share with youth!
I am humbled to be a part of the Shepherds in Training. The Church is the hope for the world and I believe that God is stirring peoples hearts to be on God's mission here. I desire to be a part of encouraging, protecting and helping this church, myself included, to go and make disciples.
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.