Remembering Ann Jacob

Friends, we share news of the passing of Ann Jacob of Dallas, TX, a long-time supporter of inclusion and justice in the PC(USA).

We forwarded the following letter of condolences to the family on behalf of so many of us who have been touched by the work of Ann and the saints who labor across the country in PC(USA) for a welcoming and just church. Our profound thanks to all.


This is the message that we sent to Grace Presbytery asking that it be forwarded to Ann’s family and friends:

Dear Presbytery Friends,

I received notification of Ann’s passing from my friend and colleague Betsy Winters in Dallas. I did not have a way of contacting Ann’s family, but wish to extend our prayers and condolences to the Jacob Family and Friends on behalf of That All May Freely Serve. We so appreciated and loved Ann for her faithful service and her steadfast support of full inclusion within the PC(USA). I know Ann only through those who worked with her in years gone by, with many wonderful stories about her justice work and contributions to building a welcoming church! Please know we honor her as one of the many saints who loved all, just as Jesus long ago commanded us to do. Such love has changed and will continue to change this church and the world. We are so grateful for the time Ann was with us and for the guidance she offers now from the eternal home that awaits us all.

If possible, please pass on our condolences to Ann’s family, along with our great thanks for Ann’s life of love and presence and the better world she left to us all.

On behalf of That All May Freely Serve,

Welcoming dearly the peace of Christ,
Ray Bagnuolo, National Chaplain
That All May Freely Serve


From Grace Presbytery

June 10, 2013

Ann Jacob, long-time ruling elder at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Dallas, died Friday night, June 7, at her home. Ann served the Bethany Church in many ways, including several terms on the Session, through key activities and committees, and through her love, Mi Escuelita, Bethany’s neighborhood school, which she served on its Board.

She served the larger church. Ann served Grace Presbytery on its Committee on Ministry (COM), Personnel Committee, and special committees and task forces. She served on the Board of Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville.

Before moving to Dallas in 1977 with her husband, Howard, she was a ruling elder at First Presbyterian Church in Dumas, TX, and served Palo Duro Presbytery on its COM and other ways, including on a Task force for Presbyterian Reunion

A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 3523 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX 75219.