Jerry grew up in Troy and has lived in Montgomery since 1973. He is a graduate of (then) Troy State University with degrees in Business Administration & Finance and attended Birmingham Theological Seminary. Jerry began attending Eastwood in 1979. He is married to the former June Shipman, a native of Louisville, Alabama and a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. They have two children, Angela, an Auburn University graduate with a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science, and Michael, also an Auburn University graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.