Lisa Jacobs-Joint Youth Ministry Director- High School Ministry Leader
Lisa is the full time director of Joint Youth Ministry. Lisa felt a specific call to Youth ministry in high school and has wanted to be a Youth Pastor since then. She volunteered and worked at several churches in Southern California throughout high school and college. She was hired in September of 2002 after graduating from Westmont College with a major in Religious Studies to start the Joint Youth Ministry from scratch! She loves her job and is so excited to have witnessed God working through the enormous growth of the JYM both in spiritual depth and numbers. She can't imagine doing anything but youth ministry for the rest of her life! In the last few years Lisa has started a BootCamp exercise class for people in the community and leads early morning workout classes for all kinds of people, including some youth group graduates and parents. She loves running half marathons and had a goal of running 100 races before she turned 35! She met that goal a few days after her 33rd birthday in March 2013 by finishing the Los Angeles Marathon and soon after announced her first pregnancy, with a baby boy who was born September 2013. Lisa is married to Landon Jacobs, and has been for 10+ years. He is an Athletic Director, Teacher and Baseball coach at Branham High School. Most importantly she loves Jesus and wants all teens to come to know a powerful and life altering God who will rock their world!
An recent newspaper article about Lisa-http://www.mercurynews.com/san-jose-neighborhoods/ci_22794686/youth-minister-meet-100-race-goal-two-years
One of Lisa's recent sermons
KAT KRAYNICK-BAKER Associate JYM Director-Junior High Ministry Leader
Kat is a youth group alumnus who returned to San Jose after completing her degree in Communication Studies at Westmont College. After college, Kat began to volunteer with the JYM and was hired as the Administrative Assistant, then part-time program assistant, and ran the program while Lisa was on maternity leave. Kat was hired full time as the Associate Youth Director in January 2014. This means that Kat is in charge of planning and programming events, communicating with families and teenagers, and being a teacher and leader in the JYM and church.
Kat is excited to work with the JYM program and great teens in it. Kat wanted to work with the joint youth ministry because she's seen the amazing impact the program has had on the community, and the impact it's had on the maturation and spiritual growth of the teenagers. Some of Kat's favorite things are: Unicorns, rainbows, sparkles, cheese and Taylor Swift. Katrina married our old Assistant Program Director, CJ Baker, in October 2015!
Lisa and Kat also work with four pastors from the churches that support the Joint Youth Ministry. Pastors Rebecca Irelan and Susan Smith from Willow Glen UMC, Reverend Mariellen Yoshino from Almaden Hills UMC, and Reverend Amy Beth Durward from Cambrian Park UMC. These pastors are available to your family at any time, and their churches are always welcome for you and your family to attend.