On Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Pastor Lloyd Charles Jacobsen passed away at the age of 85. A long-time minister with the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies, Pastor Jacobsen was known for his love and boundless encouragement. Pastor Jacobsen lived what he believed. Over the years he mentored many young pastors and impacted countless people in his life of service to the King.
Lloyd was born on October 17, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York, to Herbert and Evelyn (Stensrud) Jacobsen. After graduating from high school at age 16 and from Southeastern Bible College at age 18, Lloyd went directly into the ministry. On July 5, 1958, he married Janna Mattson. Together they raised three sons, Steen, Peder and Evan; and one daughter, Lisbeth.
Lloyd served churches in the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies across the country. He was associate pastor at Duluth Gospel Tabernacle (Duluth, Minnesota) under early FCA pioneer, E.C. Erickson. From there Lloyd became pastor of Calvary Assembly (Estherville, Iowa) until he moved in the early 1970s to St. Paul, Minnesota to be senior pastor at Bethel Temple (now Bethel Christian Fellowship). Nearly 20 years later he became senior pastor at Bethel Christian Assembly (San Francisco, California).
His latter years expanded his legacy of effective ministry — as associate pastor (Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle, Smithtown, New York), as assistant pastor (Valley Christian Assembly, Palm Desert, California), and as traveling teacher, leading “New Friends Ministry” seminars to help congregations assimilate newcomers.
Five years after the death of his wife, Janna, in 2005, Lloyd married Barbara Copeland on October 9, 2010. Besides his first wife, Janna, he was preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister, Lorraine. He is survived by his children Steen (Linda), Peder (Linda), Evan (Laura) and Lisbeth, second wife Barbara, thirteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held both in California and Minnesota. In California, the service will be on Tuesday, November 26 at 11 a.m. at Valley Christian Assembly, located at 73979 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, California 92260. In Minnesota, the service will be November 30 at 2 p.m. at the River Valley Church, Woodbury campus located at 7805 Hudson Road, Suite 140, Woodbury, Minneota 55125.