Jake was born and raised in Tifton, Georgia. He first realized a passion for student ministry while working at a large summer camp in North Carolina all throughout college. He attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA for undergraduate then Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC where he completed his Master of Divinity. During his time in seminary, Jake had the opportunity to serve on staff at the Summit Church - downtown Durham campus for 3 years as Student Director. Jake married his wife Rachel in 2017 and they had their first son, Jackson in December of 2018. Rachel is a licensed counselor but is excited about being a stay-at-home mom for a little while as they transition into being Louisiana residents. Jake prides himself in having a history of alligator wrestling, being the youngest person in adult history to have back surgery (unrelated to the alligator wrestling), and similarly to the gospel, sees his responsibility as a Georgia native in sharing with everyone he comes in contact with why Georgia is the best state and has the best football team.