Carol  Jacobson

Carol Jacobson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practical Theology; Diaconal Ministry Program Director
(510) 559-2762
PLTS Founders Annex

Office Hours: By Appointment

The challenges facing Christian education in our church today are the same as they have always been: namely to equip and to empower the whole people of God, both lay and ordained, to embrace the Gospel life by deepening their relationship with God and by offering their lives in service to the world in which they live. Such equipping and empowerment finds its roots and dynamism primarily from ongoing engagement of mind, heart, and spirit with Jesus and the story of Jesus, in whom we come to know about God’s love for us and for the whole world in a tangible way. Thus, Christian education and lives of discipleship go hand in hand. Following our crucified and risen Lord is education about and into a way of life - a life of faith that is practiced in Christian community, grasped ever more fully by the heart, and willingly poured out in love for the sake of the world.

Professional History

  • Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Diaconal Ministry Program Director, PLTS
  • Assistant Professor of Practical Theology: Youth and Family Ministries, and Director of Life Together: Theological Programs for High School Youth, PLTS
  • Lecturer and Deans’ Associate for Community Life, PLTS
  • Editorial Assistant, dialog: a journal of theology
  • Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry, Salem Lutheran Church

Professional Service

  • ELCA Christian Educators Advisory Board
  • ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod Candidacy Committee
  • PLTS Faculty Academic Committee Member
  • PLTS Faculty Community Committee
  • Co-chair, PLTS Ethics Search Committee
  • Academic Advisor, all PLTS degree programs and GTU M.A. degree program
  • Faculty Advisor, Annual PLTS Spring Youth Retreat
  • Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
  • M.A., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
  • B.A., Whitworth College, Spokane, WA
  • Anticipating God's New Creation: Essays in Honor of Ted Peters, co-edited with Adam Pryor.  Lutheran University Press, 2015.
  • “Will God Save the World Or Not?  Prolepsis, Open Theism, and the World’s Future” Currents in Theology and Mission 39:4 (August 2012).  I also edited this entire issue.
  • “A Vision Bigger Than Ourselves,” Lutheran Partners 24:2 (March/April 2008).
  • “How Do We Make the Gospel Come Alive in Education and Evangelism?” Christian Education as Evangelism. Minneapolis:  Fortress Press, 2007.
  • “Let the Little Children Come: Teaching the Bible With Children” The Ministry of Children’s Education: Foundations, Contexts, and Practices.  Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2004.
  • “God Creates Teachers,” in T.A.L.K. (Teaching and Learning with Kids), Augsburg Fortress Press, 2004.
  • “Sabbath Keeping for Busy Christians,” The Clergy Journal 80:5 (March 2004).
  • “Universality and Uniqueness,” dialog:  a journal of theology 41:2 (Summer 2002).
  • “For God So Loved the World, Not Just the People,” Currents in Theology and Mission, 21:1 (Summer 1993), 31-34.
  • “A Response to the ELCA Statement on the Environment,” dialog:  a journal of theology (Summer 1993).
  • “Biology and Theology,” CTNS Bulletin, 11:2 (Spring 1991).
  •  “Theological Responses to Environmental Challenges,” CTNS Bulletin, 10:3 (Summer 1990).
  • Grant Development, Implementation, and Administration:  Lilly Theological Education for High School Youth Grants