Pastor Jacobsen has served as pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in The Dalles and Concordia Lutheran Church in Hood River since Januray, 2006. Before that he served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a graduate from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mankato, Minnesota and Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisconsin. He was raised on the south coast of Massachusetts and in central Arizona.
Pastor and Erica Jacobsen have a family of seven, with four daughters and one son. They have been homeschooling their children from the beginning in the classical model, generally following the approach taken in The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. Until the opening of Columbia Lutheran School, there has not been a feasible alternative to homeschooling that would provide a Christian education of the same quality, and in harmony with Scripture as understood in the Lutheran Small Catechism. Pastor Jacobsen is thankful for the decision of Bethany Lutheran Church to start and support a Christian elementary school, and for all the blessings that God has provided to make the operation of Columbia Lutheran School possible.