Bruce was born and raised on a farm in Macon County.  He graduated from Macon High School in 1975 and Millikin University in 1979.  He married his high school sweetheart Cheryl Sullivan, December 30, 1977.  Bruce then graduated from Garrett Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University in 1987 preparing for ordination in the United Methodist Church. Bruce served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 15 years before deciding to return to Macon County and start an independent, non-denominational church.

The Jacobs' have three boys Ryan (39), Drew (33) and Cody (27).  Drew blessed the family with our grandchildren Emma who is eleven years old and Jackson who is eight years old.  Ryan blessed us in 2015 with our third grandchild, Aiden Robert Jacobs. They live in the St. Louis area.

Cheryl retired from Hickory Point Bank after 22 years of service with  the Archer Daniels Midland Company with several stops in between while the family moved around through the United Methodist system.

Drew lives with his family in Springfield where he works for the State of Illinois.  Cody graduated from the University of Illinois and is working in the accounting department at ADM in Decatur.