Words and People
Bringing those two things together is Jack’s instinctive passion.
Jack spent his early years as a missionary kid in Ecuador where his parents took up the call to replace five martyred missionaries. He enjoyed his later teen years in a mission-minded church in Vancouver and after marrying Gayle relished eighteen years working with missionary kids in Kenya, Africa. He now pastors in a Vancouver church that welcomes 60 different nationalities into a multi-cultural mosaic.
Jack completed his Bachelor and Master of Theology, A Master of Counselling and Human Resource Development, a Masters in Leadership and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in counselling. He has used his training in the founding or co-founding of at least nine significant ministries or organizations.
Jack has engaged his world as a missionary kid, friend, husband, parent, teacher, coach, dorm parent, counselor, pastor, chaplain, writer and organizational entrepreneur. Jack uses his love for words and people through speaking at conferences and events along with preaching at his home church in Vancouver.
Three of Jack’s six published novels were awarded as finalists by the Word Guild of Canada and The Cross Maker won the 2020 prize for historical fiction. His first trilogy (One Last Wave, No Place to Run, Stretching for Home) is a contemporary romance and murder mystery. His second trilogy (The Cross Maker, The Cross Maker’s Guardian, The Cross Maker’s Champion) features historical fiction during biblical times. Jack has written many unpublished children’s stories for his grandchildren and also has several fiction and non-fiction books ready for publication.
Jack writes as a Master with Faithwriters and has over 50 editor’s choice awards with stories then published in anthologies. Jack is an established writer for Light Magazine on a monthly basis and publishes blogs and Faith Now contributions. He was given the Harvey Mackay Award for Journalism in 2019 by the Word Guild Canada.
Jack is an avid reader and has over 4,000 volumes in his personal library.