Jacob, 31, earned an associate degree in culinary arts and management and a bachelor’s in English and psychology at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. He was received into the Catholic Church in 2011. Jacob taught for three years at Lincoln International Academy in Managua, Nicaragua, while earning a master’s in education from Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts. He returned to his hometown of Birmingham last year to teach English at John Carroll High School. Traveling throughout Latin America and living in Nicaragua introduced Jacob to the transformative beauty of God’s love in action.