Wayne Jacobsen

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Wayne Jacobsen is an American author, best known for He Loves Me!, a nonfiction book about the Love of God. He also collaborated on the writing of The Shack and helped create Windblown Media, the publishing company behind the phenomenon.[1] He was a pastor for 20 years and a Contributing Editor to Leadership Journal and has authored numerous articles on spiritual formation, relational community and engagement of culture. As President of BridgeBuilders, he is also a nationally recognized specialist and mediator in resolving cultural and religious conflicts. Jacobsen has become known for his expertise in the pros and cons of organized religion.

Biography[edit]

Wayne, born March 21, 1953, is a native Californian, having grown up in a grape vineyard outside of Selma, California. He was the third of four brothers and attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, graduating with honors in 1975 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Literature. While at ORU Wayne served in the Spiritual Life Department as a Dorm Director, worked as Administrative Assistant to the Chaplain and competed in intramural sports. Upon graduation he married the former Sara Fought of Urbana, Ohio who graduated that same year.[2]

Jacobsen began a full-time ministry in 1975 as an Associate Pastor at Valley Christian Center in Fresno, CA—a Foursquare church. In 1980 he and his family moved to Visalia, a city in the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley. He came to help pioneer an interdenominational fellowship called The Savior's Community, where he served for 15 years.

Major works[edit]

Jacobsen's books include He Loves Me!,[3] In My Father's Vineyard,[4] Authentic Relationships,[5] So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore (coauthored with Dave Coleman),[6] The Naked Church,[7] and Tales of the Vine.[8]

As the director of Lifestream Ministries, Jacobsen travels globally teaching on themes of intimacy with God, the Love of God, and relational church life.

Wayne also cohosts a weekly podcast at TheGodJourney.com,[9] and is a mediator on governmental issues involving church and state in educational issues.[10][11][12]

Personal[edit]

Jacobsen currently resides in Newbury Park, California with his wife, Sara. Wayne and Sara have two children, Julie (born 1978) and Andrew (born 1980), and two grandchildren.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Aim at 'spiritually interested' sparks 'The Shack' sales". USA Today. 2008-05-01. 
  2. ^ http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2008/s08100186.htm
  3. ^ Jacobsen, Wayne (2000). He Loves Me! (1st ed.). Lifestream Ministries. ISBN 1-930027-04-4. 
  4. ^ Wayne Jacobsen, In My Father's Vineyard, ISBN 978-0-8499-5296-8
  5. ^ Wayne Jacobsen, Authentic Relationships, ISBN 978-0-8010-6451-7
  6. ^ Wayne Jacobsen, So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore, ISBN 978-0-9647292-2-3
  7. ^ Wayne Jacobsen, The Naked Church, ISBN 978-0-9647292-1-6
  8. ^ Wayne Jacobsen, Tales of the Vine, ISBN 978-0-9647292-0-9
  9. ^ "Wayne’s Bio". The God Journey. The God Journey. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  10. ^ http://www.bridge-builders.org/WayneJ.html
  11. ^ tp://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=16612&printer-friendly=y
  12. ^ Haynes, Charles C. (2006-03-19). "A moral battleground, a civil discourse". USA Today. 

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