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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. 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.
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.
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.
Jacobsen's books include He Loves Me!, In My Father's Vineyard, Authentic Relationships, So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore (coauthored with Dave Coleman), The Naked Church, and Tales of the Vine.
As the director of Lifestream Ministries, Jacobsen travels globally teaching on themes of intimacy with God, the Love of God, and relational church life.