Conrad Wayne Jacobsen was promoted to glory on January 3, 2011. He lived his life committed to Jesus Christ and invested in relationships with others. Connie (as his friends called him) was born in Swedish Hospital on January 16, 1936 to Olav and Olga Jacobsen and was raised in Ballard and Magnolia. He played tight end for the city champion Queen Anne Grizzly football team. He was a Fiji at the UW, and one year before graduation he married his high school sweetheart, Judi Mounger who would be his best friend and lifelong companion for 53 years.
As a high school student, Connie committed his life to Jesus Christ at a Young Life camp. After receiving his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, he went on to join the Young Life staff, where he ministered for 20 years in the Chicago area and in Seattle. In 1980, he founded a ministry called Teleios, which focuses on helping men connect with one another and mature in their faith. Currently there are over 90 Teleios groups of men that meet weekly.
Connie continued to work with Young Life and was earnestly supporting Seattle's Urban Young Life until the day he died. Also his commitment to cross-cultural ministry was expressed through his involvement in Urban Impact and the D.A.D.S. ministry, which helps men with troubled pasts reconnect with their children. He took frequent trips to Mexico with groups of men from different cultural backgrounds to build houses for the poor. He was a regular participant and host at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC.
Connie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judi Jacobsen; his four children, Laurie (and Don) Swanson, Mark (and Debbie) Jacobsen, Brian (and Holly) Jacobsen, Eric (and Liz) Jacobsen; 15 grandchildren, Kendall, Blake, Ashlyn, Jacob, Lael, Alex, Conrad, Hannah, Zach, Erika, Josh, Kate, Peter, Emma, Abraham; and one great grandchild on the way.
Although Connie felt a strong call from God to the ministry, he never felt called to a high visibility role. But rather, one person at a time, he quietly and humbly touched people's lives with the love of Jesus Christ. Through over 50 years of this slow and steady approach, he had a profound impact on thousands of people in this region and throughout the world.
A memorial service to celebrate Connie’s life will be held on January 14th at 1:00 pm at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to one of the following organizations:
- Seattle Urban Young Life: www.younglife.org (Indicate reference code AG173 with your gift to direct funds to Seattle Urban Young Life)
- D.A.D.S.: www.aboutdads.org
- Teleios: www.teleios.org
- The Conrad and Judi Jacobsen Scholarship at Fuller Seminary: www.fuller.edu/giving (or contact Christa Reiff - firstname.lastname@example.org 626-584-5489)