On Tuesday, November 26th, Jacob Tacher played his senior recital at Cornish’s Kerry Hall. Amid beautiful vocals, flawless drum solo’s and professional musical compositions, we saw Jake Tacher performing in front of a packed house. Watching him entertain us with all his passion and soul, I got the opportunity to think about Jake and reflect on all his accomplishments since he’s been a part of the campus ministry.
Jake has always been an open and humble soul. Some of our first meetings together involved the two of us, up late, sharing opportunities to be truthful and honest about our lives. From the day he came into campus, Jake has always been open and humble about his struggles and trials. It’s funny that many people believe Christianity is a test to see how good we can fake it, you know, convince other people that we have it all together. Not Jake. His openness with me, his small group and his peers has been nothing short of experiencing someone who wants to be known. I can honestly say that I know Jake and so do those who have been privileged enough to be called his friends.
When Jake began performing his own compositions, I reflected on how creative he is spiritually. Yes, he is published worldwide in our new songbooks, and yes, he is part of our worship team both in Seattle and on the Eastside; but those are only glimpses into his amazing ability to take music and help it set moods and tones in our lives. Jake has and always will be emotionally available and engaging. It makes being his friend an exciting journey as he lets you in on his life. This creative passion transfers over into the kind of leader he is, compassionate, thoughtful and inspiring. Watching his senior recital was indeed a reflection of his ability to change moods and bring the best out of those around him. His original composition, Pink Sun, was one of many original works that showcased this ability and made us all proud of the hard work and energy that he has poured into his program.
As the night settled down, I looked around and saw an auditorium full of people that Jake has touched; many of them students he has reached out to in an effort to help them know God and the Gospel. There were two or three rows of students from SPU, Seattle Central and Cornish and it was easy to see what a difference Jake has made in the lives of those around him and in the Church. He has left behind a legacy of men he has mentored in the faith and a ministry that he has helped build and lead. My prayer is that Jake will continue to touch the lives of others the way he has in his time on campus; and that he would continue to bless the Seattle Church with his talent, creativity and love for others for as long as he is here with us.
Thank you Jake for your friendship, hard work and love. We can’t wait to see what the upcoming years will bring for all of us that have grown to know you.
Jake currently serves as a Bible Talk Leader for the City Campus Bible Talk as well as a song leader and worship coordinator for the both the West and East regions of the Seattle Church Christ.