Jacob was born on November 20, 1943, the ninth of thirteen children born to Henry and Gladys Strydhorst in Neerlandia, Alberta.
Educated and completed grade ten in the Neerlandia School at which time he went to work for his father on the farm.
Bought the farm from his dad in 1968 and continues farming (dairy, beef, grain, hay).
Has served in choirs, young peoples, and church boards.
Has served in community boards: credit union, co-op, Christian Labour Association of Canada.
Is presently chairman of church council, treasurer of the CHP-Yellowhead riding association.
Ran as the CHP candidate in Yellowhead in the 2000 federal election.
Married wife Sya in 1977 and they have been blessed with four children ages 18 to 25.