Jerry has over fifty years of experience in visionary development and organizational leadership, having been a principal founder/executive leader for five nonprofit corporations.
Jerry is a graduate of the University of Arizona and has master’s degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and Trinity International University, including certification by the International Human Rights Institute in Strasbourg, France.
Jerry has served as a pastor, college faculty member, and high school teacher. He was a firefighter on the Tucson Fire Department and the city director for TFD’s minority recruitment program.
Jerry’s passion for justice and championing the oppressed has included ministering to those being brutally persecuted in Sudan during the genocide in the 1990s. His first master’s thesis focused on women’s issues, and his second thesis involved the development of a coalition of organizations ministering in Sudan.
The threads of justice, compassion for the oppressed, sexuality, women’s issues, and networking/coalition building are woven throughout Jerry’s life and ministry.
Jerry and his wife, Georgia, have three children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Their first job after being married was to serve as resident counselors for the Arizona state school for juvenile delinquent girls. They have also experienced the devastation of child sexual abuse in their own family.