Remembering Pastor and Teach Jacque Schweiss
February 20, 1923 – May 1, 2018
A beloved member of the LBI/Trinity family, Jacque Schweiss went to be with the Lord on May 1, 2018.
Over his many years associated with LBI/Trinity Jacque had a big impact on so many students and co-laborers for Christ.
Here are words from Rev. Dr.Lowell Stime:
Until I met Jacque Schweiss, the only other “Jack with a misspelled name” I had ever heard of was the under sea explorer Jacques Cousteau. I remember asking him in the fall of 1980 when I arrived at the Lutheran Bible Institute as the greenhorn on the faculty – Why don’t you have an “s” in your name? His answer was, “There is only one of me.”During the following years, until Jacque retired from teaching after twenty-one years, I got to know a “singular” man with “plural” talents and gifts for ministry.
Having my office next to his at the Providence Heights campus, I could not help but notice the stream of students knocking on his door and seeking his counsel. Jacque was the Director of Counseling during these years, and while all faculty members did counseling,he carried the heaviest load, having his master’s degree in guidance counseling. I’m sure that I bothered him more than anyone during those years as I sought his wisdom and counsel on how to be an effective teacher. I began to teach some of his classes as his counseling duties expanded and sat in on many of his classes. With the help of Jacque I survived those years of the1980s, and his retirement meant the loss of a dear friend and mentor. I still have many of his “teaching aids” that he delivered to my office in a box the day he walked out. Some I have used, while others would make sense only to “The Master” himself.
Not only was Jacque good at fixing students … he was also good at fixing student’s cars, and especially the clunkers we had in the Student Ministries fleet. His skill at tuning up students as well as cars kept him busy. Whether in the classroom or under the hood, his love of teaching was obvious. The year he named his Life Group the Schweiss Hogs this farm boy had a new Super Hero. Jacque’s servant lifestyle touched students and co-workers alike. He served with humility and a good sense of humor, modeling in all his relationships the generosity and the compassion of Christ. It was my privilege to have been his next-door neighbor on faculty row for a few years and a good friend for life.
Jacque was born in 1923 on Rock Island, IL. to William August and Helen Marie (Johnson) Schweiss. It was at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Seattle where he met Solveig Margrethe Ambjor and married her in 1949. Jacque and Solveig soon were raising a family of three boys while finishing seminary and cultivating church communities in southern California and Portland, before settling for good in Seattle in 1968. Jacque was preceded in death by Solveig. He is survived by their three sons and their wives - Paul and Berit, Erik and Ellen, and Jon and Ann; 5 grandchildren and 10 beautiful great-grandchildren.
The LBI/Trinity community will miss Jacque deeply. We know the Lord welcomed Jacque to Heaven with: “well done, good and faithful servant”.