Pastor Jerry was born in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Carrollton R.L. Turner in 1981. His original intent was to pursue a career as an attorney, but an encounter with Jesus drastically altered his path. After his public profession of faith and baptism in 1983, he began to go on yearly mission trips with his local church. In February of 1986 he made known his call to the ministry. Later that year, JP married his best friend, Susie Graul also from Dallas. Susie was a Caseworker for the Division for Blind Services (1988-2017). They have been married since December 1986. They are blessed with two sons, Jeremy and Jordan. Both are graduates of Texas A&M and have jobs in the DFW Metroplex. Jeremy is married to the former Jennifer Albee of Austin, TX. They also have two grandsons, Hudson and Cooper and one granddaughter Avery. Jordan is married to the former Ashley Tucker.
JP graduated with a BA (1992) and MDiv (1996) from BMA Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, TX and earned his DM in from George Fox University in Portland, OR (2010). Originally in youth ministry, JP moved to Tyler in 1988 to follow his call to preach. He pastored PineBrook Baptist Church from 1989-1991 and then became a state missionary, planting and pastoring Rose City Baptist Church (1991-1998). After leaving denominational work, Pastor Jerry planted Crossroads Church on Thanksgiving Day, 1998. He has served Crossroads as founding and senior pastor for over 20 years.
The Payne’s enjoy time with family and friends and try to travel when feasible. Jerry loves the outdoors and especially, hunting, fishing, and golfing. With an extremely extroverted personality, JP considers relationship building to be second, only to preaching the Word of God. He also loves to write, but has few published works due to his propensity to start projects and never finish them. However, it only took him 28 years to finish this short bio, so there is hope for more inspirational writing in the future.