JP graduated with a BA (1992) and MDiv (1996) from BMA Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, TX and earned his DMin 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 Community Church on Thanksgiving Day, 1998. He has served Crossroads as founding and senior pastor for 19 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.