Adrian Jacobs

Sessional Instructor (Keeper of the Circle/Principal of Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre)


Contact me

Phone: 204-268-3913 or 204-266-3210

Atlantic School of Theology
660 Francklyn Street
Halifax, NS  B3H 3B5

Curriculum Vitae

At Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre the Earth is our Faculty.


  • Diplomas in Pastoral Studies (Rhema Bible Training Centre)
  • Studies towards a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (University of Waterloo)

Personal statement

As an Haudenosaunee person my connection to our homelands and to my community are first and foremost. This informs my understanding of how I relate to the Gospel Story and to those who have embraced this in their contexts throughout the world.

Research interests

I am interested in the intersection of Indigenous identity and Christian faith. Meanings embedded in cultural metaphor and translation of these cross-culturally is at the heart of my study and reflection. Indigenous history and culture, colonization, Indigenous nationhood, intergenerational trauma and recovery, Indigenous spirituality and Christianity, narrative healing approaches.

Courses taught

  • Aboriginal Christianity: the way it was meant to be at Canadian Bible College, Regina, SK – May 1998
  • National Native Bible College – various – 1993 to 1996
  • First Nations Institute – various – 1999 to 2001
  • Liberty Bible Training Centre – various – 1981 to 1986
  • Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre – Introduction to the Bible, Introduction to the Old Testament, Prophets and Prophecy, Psalms and Wisdom Scriptures, Scriptures and Healing, Systematic and Indigenous Theologies – 2012 to 2017
  • Vancouver School of Theology – Indigenous Spiritualities and Contemporary Issues – July 2016

Representative publications

Journal Articles for the North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies Journal
  • "Vulnerability and Mentoring" by Adrian Jacobs, Volume 1 2003
  • "Towards Indigenous Education Evaluative Standards" by Adrian Jacobs, Volume 3 2005
  • "A History of Slaughter: Embracing our Martyrdom on the Margins of Encounter" by Adrian Jacobs, Volume 4 2006
  • "Church of the Sacred Clowns" by Adrian Jacobs, Volume 7 2009
  • "Mitigating Missionary Autism: a proposal for an Aboriginal cure" by Adrian Jacobs, Volume 6, 2011
Newspaper Articles
  • "Repentance, not just apology, must precede forgiveness: True reconciliation between Canada and her First Nations cannot happen overnight," by Ray Aldred, Terry LeBlanc and Adrian Jacobs, Christian Week, Tuesday, May 4, 2010
  • "Mavis Etienne - Mohawk Bible Translator" by Adrian Jacobs, Northern Lights, Fall 2007
Newsletter Articles
  • "In the Steps of His Father" by Adrian Jacobs, Northern Lights newsletter
  • "Voice of Indigenous Advocacy" by Adrian Jacobs, Indigenews, Spring 2009, Vol. IV Issue 3
Magazine Article
  • "Drumming, Dancing, Chanting and Other Christian Things: Getting beyond the fear of syncretism and facing the challenge of the sanctification of Native American culture" by Adrian Jacobs, Mission Frontiers, September 2001
Journal Article
  • "Creation speaks: An Aboriginal Christian's perspective" by Adrian Jacobs, Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, Spring 2008, Volume 9 Number 1

Current Position

  • Keeper of the Circle/Principal of Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre,an Aboriginal ministry training school for the United Church of Canada, located in Beausejour, MB

Previous Positions

  • Cultural Facilitator/Community Liaison, University of Alberta
  • Outreach Worker, Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots – US (LAMP-US)/My People International, SD and ON
  • Community Liaison, Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, ON
  • Founding and Teaching Pastor, Faith Victory Church, Six Nations Reserve, ON
  • General Director, Wesleyan Native American Ministries, Rapid City, SD
  • Executive Director, First Nations Centre for Ministry, Belleville, ON
  • Academic Dean and Operations Manager, National Native Bible College

Other Information

  • Founding Pastor of Faith Victory Tabernacle 1980-89, 1990-93 and 2004-2010, Six Nations Reserve, ON
  • Founding Director and faculty for Liberty Bible Training Centre, 1981 to 1987, Mississauga and Brantford, ON
  • Board of Directors of National Native Bible College, 1985 to 1993, and Academic Dean and Operations Manager of National Native Bible College, 1993-96, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, ON
  • Board of Directors for North American Native Christian Council, 1989 to 1995, Phoenix, AZ
  • Member of the Native Christian Council for Native American Ministries of the International Bible Society, 1993 to 1998 Colorado Springs, CO
  • Member of the Aboriginal Task Force/Aboriginal Ministries Council of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, 1994 to 2011, Mississauga, ON
  • Board Member/Secretary for First Nations Fellowship (ministerial) 1994 to 1999, Timmins, ON
  • Speaker/Presenter at Many Nations One Voice Conferences hosted by Wiconi International, 1999 to 2005, Vancouver, WA
  • Speaker/Presenter at Misio Dei Conference hosted by Wiconi International, November 2007, Nashville, TN
  • Speaker/Presenter at NAIITS (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies Symposia;
    - Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, MB 2001 / Vulnerability and Mentoring, Journal of North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies, 2003
    - Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD
    - Trinity Western University, Abbotsford, BC 2009 / A History of Slaughter: Native American Mission on the Margins of Encounter, Journal of North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies
    - Ambrose Seminary, Calgary, AB 2010 / Missionary Autism: a prescription for an Aboriginal cure, Journal of North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies