Jerry Jones, Senior Pastor

 

An Atlanta native, Jerry was called into the ministry at a young age. He spent years shying away from God’s call and pursued other paths. In the latter part of the 1960s, he spent four years in the United States Air Force. He met his wife, Sherry, on a blind date in 1967, and were married the following year.

After serving his country, he worked for Dekalb County Parks and Recreation before securing a job at IBM. Jerry thrived in the fast paced corporate environment. He led the company in sales for two years and received multiple awards, including being the first employee to receive the Pace Setter Award and the Regional Managers Award in Customer Service. He also had the distinct opportunity to serve on a regional task force covering nine states.

With the call of the ministry growing stronger, Jerry left IBM to work for a smaller competitor and was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1987.   His career in the ministry began as a bi-vocational pastor. His corporate success continued in the ministry, and God used Jerry to grow a small inner city church in Atlanta to membership in access of 100%. He also started neighborhood outreach programs and Bible studies, in turn, strengthening the community.

After two short years of serving as a bi-vocational minister, Jerry was presented with a full time opportunity to pastor a church. The next ten years were spent ministering to the community and establishing training for discipleship, witnessing, visitation, life application, and personal growth with Christ. Membership once again grew in excess of 100%. He also served on the Strengthening Churches Taskforce for the Atlanta Baptist and Stone Mountian Baptist Associations.

Under God’s direction, Jerry successfully led the establishment of an upstart church, completely organizing a new infrastructure. The church grew in excess of 150% until it was transitioned to a minority congregation.

Jerry was called to Stewart Baptist Church in 2007. God has truly blessed the church, as well as, the community since his arrival. Attendance more than double in the first two years. Stewart Baptist has ranked in the top 5 in baptisms in the Stone Mountain Baptist Association and ranked 45th in the Georgia Baptist Convention for baptisms out of the 3600 churches in the state.

With over twenty-four years in the ministry, Jerry still feels his personal purpose in life is to be used by God on a daily basis as a vessel to bring as many people to know Christ as possible, and to equip Christians to stand alone with Christ, making Him Lord of their lives.