New pastoral support worker

Rev Michael Jacobsen has been called to the FRM. He and his wife Hanne come from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bavaria.

What work will you be doing with FRM?

After a period of orientation with fellow FRM staff, getting to know their roles in central Australia, I will be working with the Alywarr speaking Lutherans in Ampilawatja, Engwala, Alparra, Irrultja and Rocket Range. I want to build relationships with Indigenous pastors and other church leaders through regular visits to remote areas, and also by learning the local language. I preached my first sermon at Ampilawatja on 29 May that was translated by Pastor Frank Turner to the local congregation.

When and why did you become a pastor?

I have always wanted to follow the footsteps of my father (my parents were missionaries in Papua New Guinea), reading the scriptures with others, sharing what the Bible has to say to us today. It is important for me to grow daily in the faith, sharing it with those who are seeking answers to their questions in life. A big highlight of my ordination at Nuremberg Germany on 12 March 1987 was when a PNG pastor laid hands over me and blessed me because I was born at Madang (PNG) and baptised by a local PNG pastor. My godfather was a respected evangelist and parish councillor.

What’s the best thing about being a pastor?

Celebrating the sacraments with the congregation, proclaiming God’s word to their many situations and special occasions, and accompanying them on their way through life.

Tell us about your family!

I am married to Hanne, who works part-time in administration at Yirara College. Our son Thomas (28) lives in Germany. When he completes his secondary teaching degree later this year he plans to visit us.

What are your hobbies?

I like learning and studying languages and watching exciting soccer games. On my day off I go hiking with my wife. We have already walked some smaller sections of the Larapinta Trail.

Favourite Bible verse?

Isaiah 43:1 was given to me at my confirmation. It is my favourite because it comforts and encourages me when I’m afraid or at a loss: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine’.