Oklahoma pastor to spend week on campus

Release Date: 10/12/2006

Presbyterian minister comes to Ozarks as part of visiting pastor program.

CLARKSVILLE, ARK. (Oct. 12, 2006) -- The Rev. James Jacobson of First Presbyterian Church in Guymon, Okla. will spend a week on the Ozarks campus deepening the spiritual awareness of students, faculty and staff.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity of preaching to a college audience," Jacobson said by phone from Oklahoma. "A college audience is a little more hip -- (it's) maybe a little easier (for them) to get some things."

Jacobson will present a sermon entitled "God So Loved" during Ozarks’ regular chapel service on Tuesday, October 17.

He will also share his musical talents, playing guitar and singing his original composition “Take a Step.” Jacobson regularly performs with a musical combo in his church.

Jacobson was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1980 and served churches in Minnesota and Iowa before coming to Guymon.

A native of Chicago, Jacobson graduated from Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D. in 1977 and earned a master of divinity degree in 1980 from McCormick Theological Seminary, affiliated with the University of Chicago.

Jacobson comes to Ozarks as part of the James R. Struthers Pastoral Study Program. Struthers, a retired Presbyterian pastor and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees, developed the program to provide pastors with personal and professional development.

"We wanted this to be an educational and renewal opportunity for pastors. ...to make pastors aware of what is going on at the university," Struthers said last year. "We want to make the connection between the Presbyterian Church and the university stronger."

Under the program, which hosted its first visiting pastor in November 2005, a different pastor visits Ozarks for four or five days each academic semester, giving the pastor time for personal study and the opportunity to interact with students, faculty and staff through classroom lectures, seminars and presentations.

Pastors also have the opportunity to visit informally during meals, study groups and general fellowship.

Previous visiting pastors have included Rev. Jane Huffstetler from St. James Presbyterian Church in Jenks, Okla. and Rev. Dr. James Miller from First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Okla.