John G. Jacobsen
John has been assigned from Ft. Hood, TX to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, where he ministers to soldiers who are in basic training. This is one of the most fulfilling assignments a chaplain can have as new soldiers are open to spiritual counsel more than at any other time in their lives. Your prayers for John and Marlene are deeply appreciated.
Chaplain John Jacobsen has safely returned from his one-year tour in Iraq. John and Marlene are very appreciative of your prayers in their behalf during his deployment.
Chaplain Jacobsen continues his ministry among the soldiers in his Air Cavalry unit at Fort Hood, TX and appreciates your prayers as he offers spiritual encouragement to the soldiers entrusted to his care by God and Country.
Pictured below is Chaplain Jacobsen (right) with his colleague, Grace Brethren Chaplain Pete Stone at Fort Hood, where they served together upon their graduation from Chaplains Basic School. Pete also served with John in Iraq and has since been deployed to Fort Campbell, KY.
Report from Chaplain Jacobsen from Kuwait en route to Iraq – May 2009
Time lagging here, and the “Kuwaity krud” infecting many, including me now. Pete also still struggling with it. Went flying around the desert with my CDR in a Blackhawk last week. Made several desert practice landings. It is a giant wasteland here – looks like the Martian surface. I admit it was cool. I sat right by the open side door and took many pictures. Moving up the 18th and it can’t be soon enough. Counseling soldiers some, encouraging as many as I can (including Marlene who is struggling with loneliness at home) and waiting – always waiting. Pretty good chapel here by the way. Thanks sir – and we will have no address to give until we settle at Taji. Take care and God bless.
In His service,
Captain John G. Jacobsen has been accessioned by the U.S. Army as a Grace Brethren Chaplain and will start Chaplain School in September.
John and his wife Marlene are from Arkansas where John was serving as an Assistant Professor of History at Williams Baptist College. He holds a B.A., an M.A., and Ph.D. in History from the University of Nebraska, and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
John is a member of the Beaver City Grace Brethren Church (Dwain Fowler, Pastor). New to the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, he successfully passed his ordination examination this summer in Tampa, FL just prior to the FGBC National Conference. Following his ordination exam, members of the examining committee and other elders laid hands on John to ask God to bless John and Marlene in their future service for God and Country (see picture).
Captain Jacobsen will begin his exciting career in the military this fall. Military address information will follow in a subsequent update to this web page.