Jacob Nels

Speaker / Sidewalk Counseling Trainer

Jacob Nels left a 16-year career as a carpenter to follow his passion for investing in the lives of people by taking a job with Justice For All. Since 2008, Jacob has been working to make abortion unthinkable, to make Jesus thinkable, and teaching others to do the same. Jacob works to show pro-life and pro-choice people that humans matter more than divisive arguments. Through respectful dialogue, sound reasoning and compassion, Jacob hopes to teach pro-life advocates to love their neighbors and go teach others to do the same. During his time as a pro-life ambassador, God has used Jacob to help save dozens of lives from abortion and teach hundreds of pro-life people grow in compassion and understanding for the pro-choice people they disagree with. Jacob has witnessed thousands of people on both sides of the issue cease fighting toe-to-toe and move to a place of respectful understanding for their fellow human.

Jacob’s primary role at Equal Rights Institute is training people to sidewalk counsel and mentoring them through that through speaking and our Sidewalk Counseling Masterclass.

ERI Newsletters:

Spring 2021: Changing Lives Across Oregon

December 2020: December Fundraising Letter

September 2020: Our Big Projects For the Rest of the Year

Summer 2020: Equipping Yourself During Quarantine

Spring 2020: Equipping the Pro-Life Movement in Ireland

December 2019: December Fundraising Letter

November 2019: The Transformative Power of the Sidewalk Counseling Masterclass

Fall 2019: We are in the New Office!

Summer 2019: Updates From the ERI Office

Spring 2019: Updates From the ERI Office

Fall 2018: One Thing Every Pastor Can Do to Prevent Abortions in Their Congregation

Summer 2018: ERI Speaking Events Around the World!

Spring 2018: We’re Extending the Equipped for Life Course This Year!

December 2017: A Look Back at 2017 and What We’re Doing Next!

November 2017: Pro-Lifers Aren’t “Forcing” Women to Stay Pregnant

Fall 2017: We’re Developing a Comprehensive Module on Sidewalk Counseling!

Summer 2017: Equal Rights Institute Staff Outreach at Winthrop University

Spring 2017: Our Experience at the National Students for Life Conferences

December 2016: A Look Back at 2016 and What We’re Doing Next!

November 2016: Early Feedback on the Equipped for Life Course

Fall 2016: The Equipped for Life Course is Live!

Spring 2016: Pro-Choice Students at UC Davis Protested Our Friendly Dialogue Event

December 2015: A Look Back at 2015, and How We’re Moving Forward

November 2015: Four Practical Dialogue Tips from My Conversation with Brent

September 2015: Quarterly Update / Avoiding an Embarrassingly Common Pro-Life Mistake

June 2015: Announcing Our Major Project This Year…

May 2015: Responding to Post-Abortive Women with Love

April 2015: Responding to the Astute Observation That I am a Man

March 2015: From ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About Religion’ to ‘I Will Pray Tonight’

February 2015: Relational Apologetics Tips: How to Cultivate Friendship Amidst Challenging Conversations

January 2015: Relating to Relativists

December 2014: End-of-Year Update from the President

November 2014: Listening to Those Who Offend Us