Jacob "TEN20" Thompson has gone from diagnosis to destiny. His childhood dream was to be a professional athlete. He would tell you that, sometimes, our dreams for our lives need to die before we can live the true dreams and purpose that we were created for. He wouldn't only say this; he lives it every day.

In his late teens, Jacob started having trouble performing athletically at a high level. Throughout college and after graduation he had not been feeling right physically for a long time and finally decided to see a doctor. After a series of tests he was diagnosed with a rare, genetic condition known as Friedreich's Ataxia (FA). FA causes progressive damage to the cerebral cortex, causing difficulties in balance, coordination, and energy production, leading patients into a wheelchair and a shortened life expectancy.

This diagnosis was an opportunity for Jacob to give up on his life and his faith. Instead, he chooses daily to make the most out of his situation. He uses his story and his art as a way to inspire others, helping them persevere through their challenges and find their purpose. He has spoken and shared his art for over 10,000 people and counting, and is now in the process of publishing his first book. 

Aside from speaking, spoken word poetry, and music, Jacob, better known as JT, runs a high school mentoring program in Minneapolis and coaches football and basketball. He has a Master's degree from Bethel Seminary, is married to his beautiful wife, Abigail Thompson, and together they are raising their sons, Titus and Griffin.

Matthew 10:20 - "For it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of the Father speaking through you."

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Spoken / Performed at:

National Institute of Health

Bethel University

Mounds View High School

Lakeville High School

Eagan High School

One Rare Conference


World Orphan Drug Congress

Maranatha Academy

Legacy High School

Hope Academy

The Rare Fair

District Blitz

Campus Faith Clubs

Youth for Christ

Young Life Camp

Quincy House

Eastgate Festival

Woodland Hills Church


Oak Hills Church

Ignite Church

Cityview Church

Lebanon Church

Opened for major artists Dee-1 and Datin

and more...