My name is Jake Whitener and I am from Farmington, MO where I am a high school teacher/coach. To say I am blessed is an understatement with all the gifts and opportunities I have experienced in my 38 years on this journey of life. I have a strong supportive wife, Mandy, of 14 years and four beautiful/healthy children. While the pathways of life’s journey allow us to experience our own peaks to valleys, the true calling of life is being able to help others place value within themselves to see the hillsides in front of them.
Favorite Saint: My favorite saint is St. Joseph. I joined the Catholic faith 10 years ago after the birth of our second child. My reasoning for following my heart to Christ was watching the growth of my children who were already baptized into the Catholic Church. With this, knowing my sole purpose was to be a leader and guide my children, I listened to my heart’s calling. Upon joining, I found the statue of St. Joseph in the church and knew that I have no greater gift to give than the enjoyment of fatherhood. This is my connection and reasoning for the spiritual connectedness to St. Joseph.