Jake is responsible for administering, overseeing, promoting and organizing our connect program. This includes working with the welcome center, connect, staff and service teams to effectively reach, grow, and connect new members to the church. He also coordinates our small group program and service opportunities. He selects curriculum and creates training sessions for new small group leaders. He works closely with the other staff to help prepare for service each week and occasionally fills in preaching when our senior minister is unable to preach or taking a break. Even though he isn't behind the pulpit every week, he is very busy working within the body. He regularly makes hospital and home visits to pray with people and offer encouragement and support.
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Spouse: Trina Purtlebaugh
Year Married: 2004
Children: We have two boys, Ian and Blaise.
Year began working at SUCC: 2016
Education History and/or Work History: I graduated in 2007 from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN with a degree in Youth Ministry and Preaching. After graduating, I began working in Greentown, IN as a full time Youth Minister where I served for 8 years.
Faith Background: I grew up in a non-denominational Christian church since I was 3 years old. I attended Eastview Christian Church in Martinsville, IN until I moved to college. I got excited about who God was at a young age and understood early on that He would never let me go. I was baptized when I was 6 and continued to grow in my faith with the help of family, friends, and ministers in my life. God has taken the struggles and heartaches in my life to mold me into the man I am today. To say that I am thankful for the tough times growing up would sound strange, but I'm confident God never left my side through it all. God has used those experiences in my life to allow me to minister to several different people. I recently heard a quote that really sums up what I want my faith to look like, "When you think you can't handle it, God already has a plan for it." Isaiah 40:31 NIV "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Book: Seven Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley, Lane Jones, & Reggie Joiner and The Comeback by Louie Giglio
Movies: Over The Top, The Bourne series, The Rocky movies, Hoosiers, Rudy, (basically any true sports movie)
TV Show: NCIS, SportsCenter, and Saved By The Bell
Place to Eat: Wendy's, Olive Garden, and Chipotle
Vacation Destination: Tennessee and Florida
Something unexpected we might not know about you: I bought my first 2 cars before I was 14 (1973 Ford Mustang and a 1974 Ford Maverick). I was the water boy for my 8th grade football team until the coach decided I was too big not to be playing. My first play during the first game I ever played was tackling the running back and quarterback at the same time during a handoff. After that season, I decided to retire from football.