Jacob is currently studying for his Master of Divinity at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in in Classics and Religious Studies and a Minor in Business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his time in undergrad he worked a couple of jobs including two years at the Lutheran Center, an ELCA campus ministry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There, he was a peer minister working primarily in the area of worship.
At the conclusion of his degree, Jacob worked at Campus Lutheran in Kearney, NE. After a short time there, he worked at Southeast Community College as an Administrative Assistant where he helped people sign up for GED and ESL classes.
Jacob was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE. Grace Lutheran helped build his liturgical imagination and passion for worship. His favorite hymn is “How Long, O God” which was written by Ralph F. Smith (1940-1994) and is based on Psalms 88, 89, and 90. Ralph F. Smith was the Liturgics professor at Wartburg before he tragically died in a car accident in 1994. Jacob joyfully uses his voice in the Wartburg Seminary choir.
Throughout his years, he has been formed by the many experiences he has had. This includes serving on the Nebraska Synod strategic planning team, attending the 2016 Churchwide assembly as a voting member for the Nebraska Synod, and working with youth throughout the Nebraska Synod.
The fifteen acres he grew up on, about ten miles east of Lincoln, allowed his twin sister, Elizabeth, and him plenty of room to run around as young people. Throughout his years growing up he has become an avid baseball and Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. In Jacob’s free time, he likes to throw the ball around, watch baseball, and read. He looks forward to learning with and building relationships with you all!