Russell Edward Jacobus is the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac in The Episcopal Church. Jacobus was consecrated as bishop on 24 May 1994.
He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1967 and his Master of Divinity from Nashotah House Seminary in 1970. Jacobus was ordained Deacon in February 1970 and to the Priesthood in August 1970 by Bishop Donald H. V. Hallock, VIII Bishop of Milwaukee. Jacobus married Jerrie Ellen Evrard on 25 May 1968; they are the parents of three adult children: Penny, Elizabeth, and David.
Jacobus was the Curate at Trinity Church, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin until being called to be Vicar of Grace-Holy Innocents Parish in Hartland, Wisconsin in 1974. One year later, Grace-Holy Innocents became a Parish (changing its name to St. Anskar's), and Jacobus was called as their first Rector, In 1980, he was called by St. Matthias Church, Waukesha, Wisconsin, to be their Rector. He served in this capacity until being elected Bishop.
During his years of ministry, Jacobus has served as member or chair of many Committees and Commissions, both ecclesiastical and secular. These include Standing Committees, Commissions on Ministry, Departments of Congregational Development, as well as the City of Waukesha Equal Opportunity Commission, the Board of the UP Connection, and the Board of the Visiting Nurses Association. He has always been involved in and supportive of Ecumenical ventures, serving on the Anglican/Roman Catholic Dialogue Committee, and assisting the Churches of Greater Waukesha to develop programs of outreach to the needy. In addition, Jacobus was involved in spiritual renewal movements, serving as Spiritual Director for the Cursillo Movement in the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. He was a clergy Deputy to General Convention from the Diocese of Milwaukee for four consecutive Conventions beginning in 1982.
Jacobus was consecrated as bishop on 24 May 1994 in the Memorial Chapel at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin. The Most Rev. Edmond L. Browning was the Chief Consecrator. The co-consecrators were the Rt. Rev. William Stevens, VI Bishop of Fond du Lac, the Rt. Rev. Roger J. White, X Bishop of Milwaukee, the Rt. Rev. William Wantland, IV Bishop of Eau Claire, the Rt. Rev. William H. Brady, V Bishop of Fond du Lac, the Rt. Rev. Charles T. Gaskell, IX Bishop of Milwaukee, and the Rt. Rev. Stanley Atkins, III Bishop of Eau Claire. The Rt. Rev. William Wiedrich, Suffragan Bishop of Chicago, was the preacher.