Pastor Jerry was born in Long Beach, California on May 11, 1947. After graduating from High School and then a local Community College with an AA, he attended Hope International University and graduated with a BA in Pastoral Care in 1971. After marrying Claudia in the summer of 1969, they began their first ministry in Ashland, Oregon. Jerry served five churches before planting Countryside in 1998. Jerry and Claudia have three grown children and 8 grandchildren.