The Rev. Dr. Jerry Springston is a native of Denver, Colorado. He earned the B.A. at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota; the M.Div. at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Kansas; and the D.Min. [biblical studies] at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Illinois. He has taken additional studies at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri; Bethany Theological Seminary, Oak Brook, Illinois: and the Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
He served with the Peace Corps in Eritrea, East Africa and served five years at the First Christian Church of Englewood, Colorado; 15 years at the First Baptist Church of Charles City, Iowa and 22 years at the First Baptist Church-Church of the Brethren in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He retired in 2005. Since that time he has served as minister-at-large in American Baptist Churches in Blue Hill, Maine; Grand Junction, Colorado; Fowler, New York; Spokane, Washington; Hornell, New York; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Roundup, Montana, Winnebago, Minnesota; Davenport, Iowa and Marion, Iowa.
Jerry has traveled on six continents. He has served as president of the Mid-American Baptist Churches, as district governor of Rotary International and was named the Iowa Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Religious Leader in 1974.
His wife, Therese (Terri) is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. The Springstons have a son, Troy Springston, who lives in Rochester, New York. Troy has a young son and a young daughter. Jerry and Terri also have a daughter, Shannon Rosati, who lives in Hopkins, Minnesota. The Rosatis have three young daughters.
“The minister-at-large is like a harbor pilot who steers a congregation through a chaotic harbor to an open and adventurous sea.”