1958 – 1959 – At age 17, Jerry became an Evangelist with the Assemblies of God. He traveled to churches, youth rallies and ministry events as a speaker and singer. During these years, Jerry also assisted his Pastor in producing a monthly television devotional on KRLD-TV, Dallas, TX.
1959-1963 – North Texas University: Field of Study – Communications
1963-1965 – KERA-TV – Chief Announcer
1965-1968 – KMAP-FM, WFAA & ABC Wide World of Sports: Staff Announcer, Scenic Designer, Lighting Director, Commercial Director, Cameraman.
1968-1970 – KDTV – Doubleday Broadcasting. Though this was a commercial station, while there, Jerry directed a weekly national Christian news show with Dr. Willard Cantelon. He also produced and directed a weekly national Christian program for Rev. L.D. Kramer, an Evangelist from Minnesota. (In fact, while at KDTV-TV, Jerry became known as the “Director in Charge of God” because all the Christian productions that came to KDTV at that time were given to Jerry to produce and direct!)
1963-1975 – During the time that Jerry was working in commercial broadcasting, he continued active ministry work. He was on the committee that developed the television series, “Turning Point” for the Assemblies of God. Additionally, he continued ministry speaking in the North Texas area, teaching in his local church and serving as Missions Director. During this time he also presented a plan to the Assemblies of God for an International Communications Division for the Denomination.
1970-1972 – KROD-TV/CBS, El Paso – Operations Manager. Additional ministry work while in El Paso included developing a ministry to soldiers at the Army base Ft Bliss. Jerry and his wife Shirley conducted monthly meetings on the base and arranged to have major Christian bands and singing groups perform special concerts. Many soldiers were saved, some of whom are still in the pastoral ministry today.
1972-1975 – Jerry moves to full-time Christian broadcasting when he becomes the General Manager of KXTV (CBN) in Dallas. Later, he becomes the General Manager at the CBN Network (Virginia Beach)
1975 – Present – President/CEO – WCFC-TV/TLN (Chicago, IL). Jerry came to WCFC-TV with the responsibility of building Chicago’s first Christian broadcast television station from the ground up. Since then, he has had a consistent presence on Chicago television for over 40 years with his interview shows and teaching series. This makes Jerry the longest running on-air personality who has been broadcasting and/or cablecasting in Chicago without a break, longer than any other Chicago personality. He is a member of the Silver Circle of Chicago Broadcasters. Under his leadership, WCFC-TV and TLN has been awarded over 30 Emmys by the National Academy of Arts Midwest Chapter. Jerry is a member of the Board of Directors and a former member of the Executive Committee of the National Religious Broadcaster (NRB) and served for three years as its President. He was also responsible for creating the International Committee of the NRB. Among his other responsibilities over the years was as a consultant for the International Correspondence Institute in Brussels Belgium, where he wrote and narrated three video bible courses for international use. He has also served as a consultant to French Assemblies of God Communications. Jerry was appointed to a committee on religious persecution in Eastern Europe by former Illinois Senator Charles Percy. He was also appointed to the Illinois Film Commission by the Governor of Illinois. He has been honored with numerous awards including the Achievement Award for Radio, Film and Television by the National Organization of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He is an ordained minister and served as the Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Big Rock, Illinois for seven years. First Baptist is a 120 year old Church started by the Welsh, and where for seven years, Rochunga Pudiate was also Associate Pastor and a student at Wheaton College. Jerry has served as the Executive Producer for three feature films, numerous television specials and series, and the host and narrator for three documentaries.