is the longest serving staff person in the 128-year history of our church (First Congregational Church began in 1890!. He began working here in 1985 as our church custodian and has become, over these many years, a huge part of what makes our church family so special. He’s also a long-time church member.
A little bit about Jack’s life story: Originally from British Columbia, Jack moved to the US with his parents and only sister in 1959. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School and began course work at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). Jack was drafted into the Army and proudly served our country in Stuttgart, Germany. Upon his discharge and return to Santa Rosa, he was hired by SRJC as a custodian. A few years later, he said, “YES” when asked to become our custodian. Jack retired from SRJC after working there 28 years, but he wasn’t ready yet to retire completely, and so continues his work here to this day.
Jack’s responsibilities in his work include keeping our sanctuary, offices, and meeting spaces tidy. He also is the one who opens the doors early on Sunday morning. He does set-up for most church and community functions here. He also maintains our church grounds, with the help of others. It’s never a surprise to run into Jack at or near church. He’s never missed a Sunday at church in all these years!!!
Jack’s hobbies include riding his bicycle around town, listening to music (his favorite singer is Elvis Presley), and singing in our church choir for many years. We appreciate all Jack does here, so much so, that we’ve honored him several times, most recently on his 30th anniversary in 2015. We’re looking forward to 2020 when we can honor his friendship and service to our congregation once again…on his 35th anniversary.