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Rev. Koch was born in Hamilton, Ontario and has resided in Canada for most of his life. He and his wife Lorie have been blessed with three children and four grandchildren. His 40-year career in Christian ministry has been predominately cross-cultural, including several years as a missionary in Cameroon, West Africa. He also provided leadership as the Executive Director to the Liebenzell Mission of Canada, particularly in preparing and supporting new missionaries entering service worldwide. Although always involved in some form of local church ministry, Rev. Koch reentered full time church ministry with The People’s Church in Toronto in 2012. He is currently serving at West Highland Church in Hamilton, Ontario.
During his years at The People’s Church, Rev. Koch was able to support and learn from the international student ministry of Dr. See Kat Toh and his wife Dorothy. At West Highland Church, Rev. Koch was able to begin a partnership among the local churches and international student ministries in the area to lay the groundwork for the Hamilton International Students network. This has grown into a provincial and now a national ministry strategy. Jakob and Lorie live near MacMaster University where they have developed ongoing friendships with international students through family dinners and informal gatherings.
Rev. Koch is a graduate of MacMaster University, did part of his training at Ontario Theological Seminary Toronto (now Tyndale) and graduated from the Edmonton Baptist Seminary (now Taylor Seminary). He considers himself a lifelong learner.
Rev. Koch will initially be joining ISMC in a part time capacity, and plans to transition to full time in 2022.