Pastor Jerry Wirtley was born in southwestern Ohio, just north of Cincinnati early in 1972. He lived in the small town of Seven Mile, OH. He was very involved in the music program in school. This led him to pursue a degree in music. It was then that he first felt called to ministry during his undergraduate work in music performance, but did not follow the call at this time.
He went on to finish his Bachelors of Music degree in music performance on electric bass in Jazz studies at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY in 1994. He continued on at Morehead in Jazz performance studies and received his Master’s of Music Performance in Jazz in December of 1995.
It was in college at Morehead that he met the love of his life, Krista. Krista and Jerry were married in 1996, and shortly after this moved to North Carolina. While in North Carolina the family grew with the birth of their first daughter Charis.
It was in North Carolina where he felt the call to ministry again, and after attending a Via de Cristo weekend September 13 – 16, 2001 he gave in to the call and prepared for seminary. He moved his family to Pennsylvania and attended The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. During their time in Gettysburg they had two more daughters, Carina and Calea. He graduated with a Master’s of Divinity in May of 2006. Since his ordination he has served congregations in Northwestern Ohio Synod and the Southwestern Texas Synod.