Pastor Jerry D. Black is a spirit-filled man of God who has always had a deep love and sense of compassion for others. Even as a boy, he cared for the needs of others more than his own. He was reared by his great-grandmother, the late Mrs. Pearl Grant. As “Mama Pearl” grew older and less able to care for herself, young Jerry would spend time with her and see to it that her needs were met.
Although best known for his gift of preaching, his ministry began in the area of music. He started playing the piano at the age of eight and quickly distinguished himself as a talented musician. Young Jerry accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 12 and during his teens, he served as Minister of Music at his home church, the West End Baptist Church in Blytheville, Arkansas.
As a young man, Jerry Black was extremely dedicated to the music ministry, but he soon knew there was a calling upon his life and that he could not substitute this call to preach with the music ministry. So, at the age of 21, Reverend Black accepted his calling to preach the Gospel. He was called and served as pastor of the Greater Paradise Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. During his 15 years of service to Greater Paradise, the church membership grew from 17 members to over 3000. During that time, Pastor Black also had a very popular television and radio ministry in Little Rock.
In November 1991, the Beulah Church family confirmed call’s divine appointment and called Reverend Black as its seventh pastor. Pastor Black came with a sincere desire to administer the church according to Word of God as he preached and taught the Gospel. At the Beulah Lane location, church attendance grew to such an extent that the capacity of the overflow area was frequently
exceeded. Pastor Black set out to build a new home for Beulah, a larger worship center to accommodate the growing membership.
Upon purchasing a former golf course as the land for its next home, the Beulah Lane location was sold quicker than expected, and Pastor Black led the church to its interim location, a storefront, on Memorial Drive that was reconstructed to house a 1200-seat sanctuary. The visionary leader was preparing his people for their home on Clifton Springs Road. In its temporary home, the church family grew spiritually, numerically, and financially. The Beulah family moved into its
current worship center in 1999. The vision continued, and the church completed Phase II and opened its Family Life Center in 2006.
Since his arrival at Beulah, Pastor Black has put numerous ministries in place to better serve the church family and surrounding community.
Over the years, Pastor Black has become nationally recognized for his preaching, but his heart for serving God’s people has not changed. During a time when the “mega-church” phenomenon has swept the Body of Christ and so many preachers are focused on fame and prosperity, Pastor Black remains focused on service. It is rare to find a preacher of Pastor Black’s caliber who remains as humble as he is. Pastor Black still visits the sick and privately counsels members of his church family. He greets each individual member of the congregation with a warm hug and a kind word after every worship service.
For 32 years, Pastor Black was married to Glenda J. Harris Black. After four years of being a strong spirited survivor of stage four breast cancer, after several surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, his wife and our beloved first lady, Sister Black, made her transition on July 3, 2008.
The wonderful and exemplary marriage of Pastor Black and Sister Black produced four beautiful children Tangie, Jerry, Jr., Erica, and Terica. Pastor Black is the proud grandfather of four grandchildren.