Jerry comes from a long line of pastors and ministers of the gospel, one of which is Jonathan Edwards (The Great Awakening).
He was called to the ministry at the age of 16 but chose to walk away from God in pursuit of a pro-baseball career. In 1983, he married the girl of his dreams, and received a call from the Los Angeles Dodgers to schedule him for a tryout that same year; that, however, was not what God had planned for him. After spending several years in the business world, he felt a call to leave and move into what God had called him to do. In September of 1989, Jerry answered the call of God on his life, and has not turned back.
Jerry and Valerie are the founders of Jerry West Ministries (a multi-dimensional inter-denominational ministry), He is an ordained minister, and has been in ministry for 27 years, his first years were spent working in a local church in Orlando, FL and 10 years were spent with Team Strike Force (Keith Craft Ministries), and The Power Team, both are teams of athletes who perform feats of strength.
Now, Jerry travels across America preaching, teaching and inspiring people to reach for more through biblical truths. In addition, Jerry is an author, songwriter, playwright and conference speaker.
“If you will seek, delight in, and honor God, He will give you the desires of your heart, and He will empower you to do the impossible.”
Jerry is a nationally and internationally known speaker who has spoken to millions in churches, schools, conferences, and major events; also Jerry has been featured on national and international television. He has also led over 900,000 people to Christ. In addition, Jerry has shared the speaking platform with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, and Billy Blanks of Tae-Bo fame.
His unique approach and insight to the Word of God, along with humor, will challenge every congregation to dream bigger, reach for more of what God has for them.
Jerry and Valerie have been married for 34 years, and have 2 children, Tiffany and Stephen, a son-in-law, daughter in-law and three Grandchildren.
Currently, the West’s are one of the hosts for the Southeast Florida edition of Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Praise the Lord program that reaches 1,000,000 homes with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In 2005 Jerry had a long and hard fought battle with terminal cancer, of which God has miraculously healed him.