Pastor Jerry was born and raised in Michigan graduating from Manistique High School in 1972. After high school he spent four years in the U.S. Coast Guard and in the summer of 1977 he began studying for the ministry at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. (Hear Pastor Jerry's testimony in Revelation Series Part 25—Saved by Grace.)
That fall he met and became engaged to Karen Horner from Indianapolis, Indiana; four months later, they married in February 1978. (In the sermon Parable of the Wedding Garment you can hear how they met.) Karen is an occupational therapist working in the Bradley County Schools in Tennessee.
Their daughter Hannah married Mickey Ortel; their son Jeremy married Laurel Towles and their youngest son Joshua married Amanda Hayes. They have six grandchildren.
Jerry has a BA in theology from Andrews University an MA in religion (homiletics and soul-winning) from Southern Adventist University and completed a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Andrews University in 2008. His hobbies include reading, golfing, skeetshooting and cheering on the Colts. His greatest delight is spending time with Karen and their family.
'A serpent may bite when it is not charmed; the babbler is no different.' If a man is bitten before he has time to use his charm, it is no profit to him, it is too late to employ charm.
Whether dealing with snakes or babblers it does no good to use charm after the bite takes place.
Who are we in this proverb? Are we the person too late in our actions? Has opportunity passed us by because of our fear, disobedience, or lack of faith? Are we the person that has inflicted poisonous venom upon another by our slanderous babbling? This sermon is about missed opportunity due to fear, disobedience, and lack of faith.
Story in Numbers 13: The people constantly complain about their circumstances and continually criticize Moses until he says to God, "Please kill me".
Hebrews 3:12-19: Unbelief was manifested by complaining, evil surmising, and un-thankfulness. When they found out they had crossed the line, then they tried to do it on their own, and were soundly defeated. Their faith was foolishness, their timing was death, and their obedience was rebellion.
Hebrews 3:14: Partakers of Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.