Pastor Karl Jacobson
Welcome to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, my name is Karl Jacobson, and I am privileged to serve as senior pastor of this wonderful congregation.
I believe that life is best lived in the hope of and exploration of faith. Life with God in Christ Jesus at its center means strength for daily living, and love for the world in which live.
Good Shepherd is a congregation where we are committed to knowing our God, growing in our faith, and showing our love in response to the great Good News that in Jesus, God has committed everything to us. If that is the kind of life that sounds good to you, I hope you will join in with us, so we can do it together.
A little about me:
I graduated from St. Olaf college in 1992, majoring in Asian Studies and Chinese language. From there I went to Luther seminary, graduating in 1996 with a masters in divinity. I went on to serve congregations in California, Minnesota, and Virginia.
Learning has always been central to my life, and because there were things about the Bible I knew I couldn’t learn on my own, I took a break from parish ministry to study God’s Word in a more in-depth way. The end result was completing a doctor of theology degree, with a dissertation in the Psalms. I taught Religion and Bible at Augsburg College for six years, before returning to parish ministry here at Good Shepherd.
In my free time I enjoy reading, golf and tennis, pretending to play the mandolin, watching the Vikings (and simultaneously despising the Packers), and working as an author.
But above all, spending time with the loves of my life, my wife Angela Jacobson (also a pastor!), and our shared children, Thursday, Sam, Nora, Lucy, and Claire.