Jacob was educated at the Liverpool Institute and St Peter's College, Oxford. After a curacy at Middleton  he was Vicar of Ulverston then Bilston. From 1964 to 1968 he was Warden of Scargill House then Rector of Mortlake. In 1977 he was appointed Archdeacon of Kingston-upon-Thames; and in 1986 of Reigate.
- “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
- Crockford's clerical directory London, Church House 1975 ISBN (invalid) 0108153674. alternate version: ISBN 0-19-200008-X. OCLC 25885092. OCLC 59162245.
- Church News The Times (London, England), Tuesday, June 10, 1986; pg. 14; Issue 62479
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