Derek Jacobsen


Derek Jacobsen has served as Executive Director of North Iowa Youth For Christ since 1989.  Originally from Exira, Iowa, Derek graduated with a degree in Business Management from Morningside College.  He has extensive experience working with high school students, and his greatest passion is to see young people become lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. 

He is responsible for the overall leadership of NIYFC in the areas of vision and planning, resource development, staff management, and the Board of Directors.  In addition, Derek serves part-time on YFC's national staff, overseeing YFC chapters in Iowa and Southern Minnesota, as well as providing leadership training for the region.  He loves to teach and encourage others in the areas of leadership development and spiritual growth.

When not at work, Derek enjoys running, lifting weights, outdoor adventures, and woodworking.  He is an avid reader and loves to spend time with his family.

Derek and his wife Laura, have been married since 1995, and have three wonderful kids: Tyler, Katie, & Hannah.  Derek can be reached at 641-424-9440 or