I would like to take opportunity to introduce myself and my family to you so that you can have a little better idea of who we are and what we’re about.


My wife Diane and I are both South Dakota natives.  Diane grew up on a farm north of Platte and I grew up on a ranch/farm south of Dallas.  We have been married for 32 years and have three daughters.  Our oldest Jennifer, is married to Jeff Jones and they live and ranch north of Midland S.Dak.  They have two sons, Brody and Stetson.  Peggy, our middle child, and Chad, her husband live in East Tawas Michigan.  They also have two sons, Lukas and Max.  Our youngest, Liz, is not married and she lives in Gregory and works for the Burke and Bonesteel school systems as a councilor.


Diane and I ranched in Gregory and Tripp counties until ‘87’.  In the fall of ‘88’ I attended the Lay Ministry Institute at Concordia Mequon.  After graduation we received and accepted a call from Holy Cross in Belding Michigan.  We served that congregation for 16 years as well as several extended vacancies.  During those years I continued to study, filling the requirements for Deacon Certification and then later, certification for ordination.


In July of ‘06’ we found ourselves in Hot Springs and have truly enjoyed ourselves.  Diane is employed by Fall River Hospital as a medical technologist and enjoys cooking, entertaining good friends and her grandchildren.  Pastor Jake enjoys training horses, a variety of sports and a good pitch game.


Our doors at Bethesda and at home are always open and you might even find a half decent cup of coffee.  God bless you all and be sure to share Jesus with someone today.



Yours in Christ,

Pastor Jake                                                                                                                                    



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