Jerry Hoke served in the U.S. Marine Corps before he attended Iowa State University earning a BS in Wood Science (called Wood Engineering by some schools). He then earned a Teaching Certificate at Iowa Wesleyan Collage and a Masters in Science Education at Drake University. He has designed and built homes, taught math and science grades 1 to 12 including teaching three semesters in a mission school in Bolivia S. Am.
He worked as a Professional Photographer for 10 years and taught Photography in high school and college. Before being called to LMC he worked in the roll of industrial engineer at UBE for over twenty three years, overseeing the production of all manufactured parts.