@ Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, Decatur
A proud product of the state of Arkansas, Reverend Jerry D. Black, pastor of the Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia, hails from the small town of Blytheville, Arkansas, where he developed a love and sense of compassion for others. Although, Pastor Black is best known for his gift of preaching, his ministry began in music. He started playing the piano at the age of eight and quickly distinguished himself as a talented musician. He 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, Blytheville, Arkansas. Although he was extremely dedicated to the music ministry, he soon realized that this ministry was not a substitute for the calling upon his life. Reverend Jerry Black accepted his call to preach the Gospel at the age of 21. He was called and served as pastor of the Greater Paradise Baptist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas, for 15 years.
In November 1991, Reverend Jerry D. Black accepted God’s new divine assignment as the Beulah Baptist Church family confirmed God’s appointment and called him as its seventh pastor. Black has led the Beulah Church to become the H.E.L.P station with the members and ministries of the church fulfilling the mission of “Helping You Get Where God Wants You to Be.” The recipient of many honors and awards, Pastor Black is a national icon among preachers and pastors. He is the “Preacher’s Preacher.” Yet, he his heart for serving God’s people remains the same as he focuses on service and not fame and prosperity, a rarity for a pastor and preacher of his caliber. A servant-leader, Pastor Black visits the sick, serves bereaved families at repasts, counsels members privately, and greet members and visitors after each worship service.
Pastor Black was married to the late Glenda J. Harris Black for 32 years until her heavenly transition in 2008 after a well-fought four-year battle with cancer. Their union was blessed with four children, Tangie, Jai, Erica, and Terica. With much integrity, Pastor Black continued to lead his family and church family. After much prayer, God blessed him to begin a new chapter in his life June 28, 2014, when he married the former Ms. Kate Wiley. Together, they serve as Pastor and First Lady of the Beulah Baptist Church and enjoy four children and six grandchildren. Pastor Black’s ministry is best accurately described in Isiah 61:1-2, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek, he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”