Jacoba Hurst, a native of Kentucky, was ordained priest in June 1972 at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, KY. After ordination he served as college chaplain and director of United Campus Ministries at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, as well as vicar of the Episcopal church on campus. After two years, he was called to be curate at the cathedral in Lexington. Following his ministry at the cathedral, Father Hurst worked as director of an ecumenical organization in Vancouver, British Columbia, focusing on interfaith dialogue. St. Anne’s Church in Tifton, Georgia, called him to be rector in 1982, and his ministry at St. Anne’s lasted 25 years. During his tenure as rector, Father Hurst initiated the Stephen Ministry program, the first in the diocese, and developed an extensive pastoral outreach ministry using trained laypersons. He also served as the rural dean of southwest Georgia and the ecumenical officer of the diocese. He offered his gifts to the diocese in many capacities: as president of the Standing Committee; a member of Diocesan Council, the Nominating Committee for the Episcopate, the Liturgical Commission, the Committee for Re-Structuring the Diocese, and the Pastoral Advisory Committee to the Bishop; and as a deputy to General Convention, among others.
He is a chaplain of the International Order of St. Luke the Physician and founded the first chapter of the order in the Diocese of Georgia, in addition to serving as chaplain for the state of Georgia. For three years, Father Hurst served as president of the Georgia State Council of Churches.
Following his retirement from St. Anne’s parish several years ago, Father Hurst traveled extensively and lived in Colorado before moving to Nashville in 2011. In July 2012, Bishop Bauerschmidt asked Father Hurst to serve as part-time vicar of St. Luke’s in Springfield, where he continues to serve.