School of Religion
Douglas Jacobs joined the School of Religion faculty in 2002. He teaches homiletics, church ministry, health evangelism, Christian beliefs, and Southern Connections classes. The son of missionary parents, he grew up in Pakistan and India where he completed his high school education at Vincent Hill School in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains.
Dr. Jacobs served as pastor in Florida for 26 years. He began in 1974 working in the Lake City, Perry, and Madison churches. After completing his master of divinity degree in 1977 at Andrews University, he returned to Florida and served the Tampa First, Sanford and Deland, Fort Myers Shores, Brandon, and New Port Richey churches. Most recently he served as senior pastor of the Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist church.
In 1993, while pastoring the New Port Richey Seventh-day Adventist church, he completed the doctor of ministry degree from Andrews University. His doctoral studies focused on the relationship between health and spirituality with special emphasis on the role of the doctrine of health in the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Currently he is completing a second doctor of ministry degree in homiletics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
From his studies in health and spirituality, Dr. Jacobs developed the “Discover Jesus” evangelistic series combining health and spiritual subjects. The series debuted in New Port Richey. Since then he has conducted evangelistic series in the Philippines, Pakistan, Honduras, Colombia, and Pembroke Pines, Florida. He has coordinated School of Religion field schools of evangelism in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Port Charlotte and Port St. Lucie, Florida, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Macon, Georgia, and in May, 2011 led a team of fourteen SAU student evangelists on a trip to Bucaramanga, Colombia.
Dr. Jacobs’ wife, Lanell, is a registered nurse who is director of Cancer Services at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun, Georgia. Both Doug and Lanell are graduates of Southern Adventist University. His older daughter Janell is a nurse practitioner and SAU graduate. His younger daughter Katie is also an SAU graduate currently working as a labor and delivery registered nurse in Chattanooga. Dr. Jacobs’ hobbies include bicycling, sea kayaking, walking, swimming, wooden boat building, travel, and reading.
As a professor of religion at Southern Adventist University, Dr. Jacobs’ main goal is to help his students discover Jesus as their Savior and Lord.