Jacque Hancock was born to a high school mom and a dad appointed to West Point. Her birth crushed all their future plans. Those two young people started off marriage with much anger and were always discussing divorce. Over the years, Jacque became the scapegoat for many of their mistakes. Years later, when Jacque was in her 50s, they disowned her. Growing up was very difficult, although around age 12 she gave her heart to Jesus and was baptized.
Fast-forward a number of years to when Jacque met and married John Hancock. Two years into their marriage they visited, then joined Bellevue Presbyterian Church, drawn by the music and the powerful preaching. One Sunday, the sermon was on believing and confessing your faith in Jesus. John stood that day and made public his faith, beginning a life of service for both John and Jacque.
They taught Sunday school and were deacons and elders. They were on the Family Camp Committee and were counselors for the Billy Graham Crusade. John was a teacher for the Bethel series and Jacque was Vice President in charge of circle studies and speakers for the Women’s Association.
During the resettlement years of refugees after the Vietnam War, they personally took on a Chinese/Vietnamese family of seven and embraced them as their own family, along with their own son and daughter. Even though the family ended up moving to Los Angeles, they kept close contact, spending Christmases, birthdays, and vacations together. Today, four of the five children are married with children of their own and they still consider Jacque and John as family. In 2009, they all celebrated their 30th anniversary of coming to the United States on Lopez Island.
Jacque and John’s own daughter, Jennifer, graduated from Fuller Seminary and served at BelPres as the Director of Community Outreach until she left to become the Executive Director of Acres of Diamonds, a transitional housing program for mothers and children.
Jacque has started a number of Bible studies, one being a study with Betty Dilworth at Bellevue Terrace Nursing Home, and another with a group of women that has met for 35 years.
When her children were nearing college-age, Jacque was hired at Seattle Pacific University as secretary to the Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and worked there for ten years.
Jacque and John’s most recent involvement at BelPres was starting the Alpha Program. They led Alpha for eight years and 15 years later they are still meeting with John’s small group.
Twelve years ago, Jacque was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She is now confined to a lift chair and John has been her incredible caregiver and encourager. Jacque calls him, “A gift from heaven.” Fortunately, Jesus is not finished with Jacque yet. She has a phone prayer partner, gives luncheons to people she ministers to (with her granddaughter’s help), calls people to encourage and pray with them, and even co-authored a book called Every Child a GRAND Child, an idea book for things to do with grandchildren.
Twelve years ago, Jacque was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She is now confined to a lift chair and John has been her incredible caregiver and encourager. Jacque calls him, “A gift from heaven.”
When asked what encourages her, Jacque answers how grateful she is for MS slowing her down in order to spend more time with her now college-age grandchildren – planning teas, meeting boyfriends, and sharing ways God is blessing their lives, among other things. She has a few books that have touched her heart lately, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, Notes from the Valley by Andy McQuitty, and Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis and Beth Clark.
Jacque said she never would have guessed the adventures Jesus had in mind when He invited John and her to join the congregation at BelPres. She knows that, like all of us, she is standing on the brink of heaven, but more adventures are ahead.