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Pastor Jesse Jacobsen


Email address: jacobsenj@columbialutheranschool.org


Pastor Jacobsen graduated from the public school system in 1989. In 1994, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern College, the 4-year college operated by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Watertown, Wisconsin from 1865 through 1995. This school had evolved from the gymnasium system to which that German Lutheran immigrants were accustomed. Its focus was on preparation for men to attend a 4-year seminary program through a broad liberal arts curriculum with a focus on biblical, confessional, and doctrinal literacy. To achieve this, Northwestern included training in classical and biblical Greek, as well as biblical Hebrew, in addition to Latin and German. Northwestern provided an excellent preparation for biblical exegesis at the seminary level.

After Northwestern, Pastor Jacobsen entered Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mankato, Minnesota. This small seminary is operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (formerly the Norwegian Synod) to supply its need for pastors. In training ELS pastors, the seminary program includes courses that exceed requirements for synodical teacher certification. While most graduates are later employed in full-time general parish work, some have specialized in one area or another, such as missionaries and Christian schools.

Pastor Jacobsen graduated from Bethany Seminary in 1998 to serve in the assigned parish of Grace Lutheran Church, Madison, Wisconsin. He was ordained there in August of that year. During his time there, Pastor Jacobsen participated in the start of a preschool. In late 2005, he received a formal divine call to serve a dual parish (two congregations) in Oregon. He was installed at Bethany Lutheran Church (The Dalles) and Concordia Lutheran Church (Hood River) in January, 2006, and served as the sole pastor of this parish for ten years. During that time, the parish also called a vicar from Bethany Seminary, who served for a year and a half under the supervision of Pastor Jacobsen.

Columbia Lutheran School opened with a single classroom of students from kindergarten through fourth grade in the fall of 2014, after a short start-up period of much work on the part of dedicated people, mostly members at Bethany. Mr. Radliff was called as teacher, and Pastor Jacobsen served temporarily as principal, while continuing to serve both churches as pastor. God blessed the school with growth the next year, and in February of 2016, Bethany and Concordia extended a modified call to Pastor Jacobsen, that he specialize his work as principal of Columbia and teacher of the upper grades. The congregations also began calling for a parish pastor to meet their pastoral needs. Pastor Jacobsen accepted this call, and the vacancy for the second pastor was filled later that year by Pastor Jesse DeDeyne.

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