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's testimony in Revelation Series 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. Since October of 2007, Jerry and Karen have been enjoying life as grandparents.
Jerry has a BA in theology from Andrews University an MA in religion (homiletics and soul-winning) from Southern Adventist University, a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Andrews University and most recently earned an associates degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. His hobbies include reading, golfing, skeet shooting and cheering on the Colts. His greatest delight is spending time with Karen and their family.
In Genesis 3, we explore the fall of man, focusing on what God does after Adam and Eve disobeyed Him.