Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae of Jacob S. Heiss

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M.Div. Theology (2008)
Princeton Theological Seminary | Princeton, NJ

B.A. Applied Mathematics & Philosophy (2003)
Northeastern Illinois University | Chicago, IL
Commencement distinctions: Honors Scholar, summa cum laude, 3.99 cumulative GPA


Selected Professional Experience

Associate Pastor (2009 – Present)
The First Evangelical Free Church of Chicago | Chicago, IL
I am tasked with oversight of a spectrum of church operations, including First Free’s small group ministry, assimilation processes, adult Christian education programs, church-wide outreach initiatives, and global outreach team while also liaising with ministry partners such as Breakthrough Urban Ministries, The Marin Foundation, and HELPSudan. In addition, I preach regularly, lead weekly small group gatherings, and apprentice multiple leaders in training.

Writing Center Fellow (2007-2008)
Princeton University | Princeton, NJ
Part-time tutored undergraduate and graduate students through all stages of the writing process during my last year of study at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Pastoral Intern (2006-2007)
The United Methodist Church of New Brunswick | New Brunswick, NJ
Preached regularly and lead weekly youth and adult spiritual formation groups during my second year of study at Princeton Theological Seminary.

“Intern of Interns” (2005-2006)
The Bonner Foundation | Princeton, NJ
Helped coordinate all the foundations intern corps part-time during my first year of study at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Inner City Missionary (1996 – 2005)
Jesus People Covenant Church | Chicago, IL
Most diverse job of my life; to name just a few aspects: taught elementary and secondary level mathematics at church-affiliated private school, part-time staffed a youth program at a church-affiliated homeless shelter, launched and coordinated a weekly youth devotional group, launched and coordinated a weekly young adult / singles program.


Selected Articles Published on this Website





  • “Behold, I am Making All Things New.” Based on Revelation 21:1-8; delivered at Jesus People Covenant Church of Chicago, IL on 1 January 2012.
  • To Walk Humbly With Your God.” Based on Micah 6:1-8; delivered at First Free Church of Chicago, IL on 27 November 2011.
  • Come Home Darlin’.” Based on Hosea 3:1-5; delivered at First Free Church of Chicago, IL on 20 November 2011.
  • “Hear Now.” Based John 10:22-30; delivered at First Free Church on 3 April 2011.
  • “Breaking Forth with Joy at His Appearing.” Based on Matthew 2:1-12; delivered at Christian Fellowship Free Church of Chicago, IL on 2 January 2011.
  • “Reckless Generosity in a Lifted Siege.” Based on 2 Kings 7:3-16; delivered at First Free Church of Chicago, IL on 12 September 2010.
  • “The Place Where God Dwells.” Based on 2 Samuel 7; delivered at First Free Church of Chicago, IL on 22 August 2010.
  • “How to Behave Like a Proper King.” Based on 2 Samuel 6 & 9; delivered at First Free Church of Chicago, IL on 15 August 2010.
  • “Hearing God’s Voice: How is That Even Possible?” Based on 1 Samuel 4; delivered at First Free Church of Chicago, IL on 18 July 2010.
  • “The Glory of God and the Fall of Jericho.” Based on Joshua 5:10 to 6:5; delivered at First Free Church of Chicago, IL on 20 June 2010.
  • “The Shema.” Based on Deuteronomy 6:1-12; delivered at First Free Church of Chicago, IL on 16 May 2010.
  • “The Greatness of Smallness.” Based on Exodus 18; delivered at First Free Church on 21 March 2010.
  • “The First Fight.” Based on Genesis 4; delivered at First Free Church of Chicago, IL on 24 January 2010.
  • “Living In Light of a New Relational Reality.” Based on Daniel 3; delivered at First Free Church of Chicago, IL on 1 November 2009.
  • “Passover Meditation.” Based on Deuteronomy 16:1-8 and 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary Chapel of Princeton, NJ on 18 April 2008.
  • “Sermon in Song.” Based on Jeremiah 2:13, Isaiah 55:1-3, Revelation 22:17 & 20-21, Psalm 64, and Psalm 103 ; delivered at St. James United Methodist Church of Kansas City, MO on 12 August 2007.
  • “The Church, The Kingdom of God, and the World.” Based on John 13:12-17 & 33-35; delivered at St. James United Methodist Church of Kansas City, MO on 1 August 2007.
  • “By the Power of His Name.” Based on John 20:19-31; delivered at The First United Methodist Church of New Brunswick, NJ on 15 April 2007.
  • “True Fasting.” Based on Isaiah 58:1-10; delivered at The First United Methodist Church of New Brunswick, NJ on 11 March 2007.

Presentations & Teaching Series

  • “A Theology of Women in Ministry Leadership.” Ten week series delivered at First Free Church of Chicago, IL from January to March 2011.
  • “Stewardship as Spiritual Growth & Kingdom Expansion.” Twelve week series delivered at First Free Church of Chicago, IL from September to December 2010.
  • “Blacks, Jews, and Christianity: Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Connections.” Delivered at St. James United Methodist Church of Kansas City, MO on 29 July 2007.
  • “A Dialectical Treatment of Christendom Seeking a Constructive Theology of Mission.” Delivered at the Pacific Northwest AAR/SBL Annual Meeting at The University of Lethbridge of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on 4 May 2007.

Awards and Honors

  • Full tuition grant at Princeton Theological Seminary (2005-2008)
  • Alpha Chi National Honors Society (2001 to Present)
  • Five time Award of Merit in Recondition of Outstanding Research at the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th (double entry) Annual Student Research & Creative Activities Symposium at Northeastern Illinois University (2000-2003)
  • Four-time Highest Academic Achievement in Honors at Northeastern Illinois University (2000-2003)
  • Jerome M. Sachs Tribute Scholarship at Northeastern Illinois University (2002)
  • Full Honors Program Merit Tuition Award at Northeastern Illinois University (1998-2003)
  • A&E Kaplan Foundation Scholarship at Northeastern Illinois University (1998)
  • Eagle Scout Rank with the Boy Scouts of America (1996)


  • Biblical interpretation
  • Community development, organization, and mobilization
  • Christian apologetics
  • Dancing (e.g. Lindy Hop, east coast swing, salsa, bachata)
  • Homiletics
  • Jewish-Christian relations
  • Leadership training
  • Music making
  • Public speaking
  • Go (i.e. igoweiqi, baduk)
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Physical fitness
  • Poetry and composition
  • Spiritual direction and formation
  • Systematic theology
  • Travel



Available upon request.


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