Rev. Jerry Herships

 

Jane Keener-Quiat

 

Jerry was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. He received his B.S. in Broadcast Communications from Western Michigan University in 1986.

Following college, he moved to LA to seek fame & fortune. It didn’t work out exactly that way but he was lucky enough to work in television, radio & film. Jerry was a standup comic for more than 26 years. He performed in front of more than a million people before he was 25.

In 1989 he landed a writing contact with Jay Leno and was the house emcee at the Improv in Hollywood. He also learned comedy writing and performance at UCLA where he studied under Budd Friedman.

Jerry transitioned into ministry in 2004 when he moved to Denver to attend Iliff School of Theology. Jerry earned his Masters of Divinity at Iliff School of Theology 2007. That same year, Jerry was awarded The Ronald E. Sleeth Preaching Award. Following in 2009, Jerry was given the first ever Innovation in Ministry Award and in 2012 was asked by Iliff to be their Keynote Speaker at their Honors Convocation at Iliff Chapel.

Immediately following graduation, Jerry’s first appointment was to St. Andrew in Highlands Ranch, CO which was the largest United Methodist Church in the conference. There, Jerry began a young adult ministry that went on to become one of the biggest young adult ministries in Colorado. Shortly after this, he founded AfterHours ministry out of St. Andrew which would then go on to become AfterHours Denver, Jerry’s next appointment.

After the successfully founding of AfterHours Denver and its unique approach to church and ministry, Jerry was asked to be the Keynote speakers at the New Church Leadership Institute in Portland and was the Lead presenter at the National Church Developer Conference in Seattle. This led to Keynotes and presentations at conferences and conventions all over the country.

In the past few years, Jerry was honored to be invited to led the bi-yearly preaching workshops at the Fred Craddock Center in Cherry Log, GA. It was their largest attended seminar since Dr. Craddock’s passing. As a result of this, Jerry was invited by multiple Bishops to lead preaching seminars all over the country.

Jerry has been the preaching professor for License Local Pastor School for the past seven years and trained more than a 100 pastors from all across the country. He has been invited to speak and lecture at Iliff School of Theology, Wesley Seminary in Washington D.C. and Duke Divinity School.

Jerry has appeared in both The Denver Post and 5280 Magazines and has been on Colorado Public Radio as well as NPR. Most recently, Jerry was asked to appear on Colorado Public Television to discuss his work with the homeless and to promote his most recent book, Rogue Saints.

AfterHours Denver, the faith community Jerry founded in 2008, teams with community partners to feed 700 people a week, 365 days a year. To date they have fed more than a quarter million people.

Jerry has written two books: Last Call, from serving drinks to serving Jesus and Rogue Saints: Spirituality for Good Hearted Heathens. Both books were published by Westminster John Knox.

Jerry became a certified sommelier the same year he graduated from seminary (coincidence? Hmmm) He has an embarrassing number of hats and has a fondness for good bourbon and good food (cheeseburgers being at the top of the list.)

Jerry has been married for nearly 27 years to his amazing wife Laura. His son Hudson will be graduating in the spring of 2020 from Central Michigan University.

Jerry Herships
Chief Love Monger
Aspen Community Church