Jordan Bakker, Class of 1996, to Speak at RCS Impact Week
I graduated in 1996, and since then God has blessed me with a wonderful wife for almost 18 years, 3 beautiful daughters (12, 10, 8), and a community that we love. I have served as a pastor at Grace Church of Simi Valley for the last 15 years, and the senior pastor for the last seven. We have enjoyed our Southern California experience, but still consider ourselves “Bay Area people.”
How did your education at Redwood Christian Schools help prepare you for your calling in your role(s) today?
RCS was foundational in my preparation, not only from an educational perspective, but also from a practical life perspective. When I left for college at the end of my senior year, I never truly moved home, but established life, community, and ministry where God brought and planted me. There was an inherent confidence that came through the training and experiences of my education, from classroom discipline, co-curricular activities, and interpersonal development that allowed me to thrive wherever God took me.
What is your topic for Impact Week?
Since I will be speaking to the men, we want to recapture what it looks like to be a Biblical man, one who leads through service and sacrifice, one who humbles himself like Christ, who sees his life as greater than merely existing and gaining materially, but who lives for the glory of God and the magnification of Christ. Not only has there been a denigration of what manhood should be, there has been mass confusion about how a man should act. We want to look at what the Bible says about the high and difficult call of being a godly man as we navigate the troubled waters of our culture.
If there is only one thing you want students to walk away with after Impact Week, what would it be?
That we have been called to something so great that the only way we can do it is by placing our faith in Christ alone, looking to Him as the author of our faith, and having the same mind as He did as He willingly left glory and took on servanthood and death. Christ is the definition, goal, and means of true manhood.