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Our History:


The name “Teleios” is a Greek word which means “adult, full grown or mature.”  In Matthew 5:48, Jesus says: “Ye must be teleioi as your Heavenly Father is teleios.”

Teleios is a ministry founded to help men reach maturity in Christ through building bonds of friendship with other men. We are learning from and encouraging one another toward authentic relationships. It is a process, and we are doing it together!

We utilize weekly small groups, day-away retreats, adventure trips and service opportunities as vehicles for growth and maturity in Christ.  The groups help men bring greater balance to their lives, positively impacting their relationship with Jesus Christ, their family, career, workplace and community.

Teleios was incorporated in 1980 and was a natural culmination of founder Connie Jacobsen’s work at Fuller Seminary, his many years with Young Life, and his ability to establish rapport with men.








Teleios Groups:


Teleios groups follows the format outlined in Acts 2:42. “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”  A Teleios group consists of approximately 4-7 men who gather weekly for just over an hour.  Most groups gather at a coffee shop or restaurant.

  • 30 minutes reading a chapter of scripture and discussing it

  • 30 minutes for each group member to share about his life whatever level he is comfortable with 

  • 10 minutes praying for one another

If you are interested in becoming involved with Teleios, please contact us.

Read our full FAQ here.

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Teleios founder, Connie Jacobsen



Art Kopicky joined the ministry in 1993 to help expand the growing work. Prior to joining Teleios, Art worked full time in the Young Life Ministry for 16 years. Art has his Masters of Divinity from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C.


Shawn Petree joined Connie and Art in 2008. He also has served on Young Life staff in both Texas and Washington. Shawn has his Masters of Divinity from Faith Lutheran Seminary in Tacoma, Washington.



Prior to joining Teleios, Brian served in youth and college ministry in Seattle for 10 years. Brian also graduated from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2021 and is a licensed mental health counselor.


David joined Teleios in 2018.  He earned his Masters of Divinity from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.

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