Jacob Henry Benson was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Worland, WY. After graduating high school, Jacob studied music and psychology at Northwest College in Powell, WY and Marylhurst University near Portland, OR. Jacob eventually returned to his home state and graduated from the Honors Program and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wyoming with a degree in Religious Studies and Psychology. It was in Laramie that Jacob was re-introduced to the historic Lutheran faith at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Campus Center. The combination of a rich, liturgical expression of Christianity paired with his academic study of religion and biblical languages led him to Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS) in Fort Wayne. During his studies at seminary, he spent a year as Sacristan of Kroemer Chapel, served as a summer vicar at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore, MD, and spent his year-long vicarage at Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries in Philadelphia, PA. It was during this time that Jacob fell in love with the east coast, and it was on a rooftop overlooking the Philadelphia skyline that Jacob proposed to Mary Ferguson—herself a graduate of Concordia University-Wisconsin where she studied history and classical education.
Jacob graduated from CTS on May 18, 2018 and was joined in Holy Matrimony to Mary just two days later on Pentecost Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church in Sussex, WI. Jacob began graduate coursework at CTS the following June, serving as a teaching assistant and occasional guest lecturer for the Hebrew language program. Jacob and Mary became members at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, IN, where they grew in appreciation for the rich traditions of the Christian faith.
Having just celebrated their first anniversary, the Bensons still consider themselves newlyweds, and enjoy spending time with each other watching movies, gardening, and going out with friends. Spending most of their lives in landlocked states, they are both very happy to be within a few minutes from Long Island Sound. Jacob and Mary are excited to call New England home and pray that God would bless them, and the people of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church with every blessing that He has promised to His Church.
Jacob will be ordained and installed as Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Orange at 2:00pm on June 22nd.