Dysfunctional Years - Jerry was born 1956 in Inglewood, California. By the time he was in the sixth grade, Jerry started experimenting with alcohol, which led to a life of drug abuse by the seventh grade. In 1980, Jerry experienced approx. a one year period of sobriety after an encounter with God, but shortly after he was back on his destructive behavioral patterns of drug and alcohol abuse until August 1989. During that year, and while going through an “almost” completed process of divorce (he was married in 1982), Jerry dedicated his life to Jesus Christ by His grace.
A New Direction - After a deeper resolve to God through Jesus Christ and His Word, Jerry’s marriage was restored, and eventually he went back to college while working in a warehouse managerial position for a large grocery company in Los Angeles California. Jerry’s return to college was for the purpose of a God-ordained leading into full-time ministry. He served as a music director for 7 years, an associate Pastor for approximately 2 years and a Senior Pastor for 20 years. He currently is the founder of Jerry Liversage Ministries, Inc., Responding Recovery Ministries, a Commissioned Evangelist and Pastor for the Church of the Nazarene.
An Expanded Direction - In 2002-2003, he and his wife Holly, formed a 501(c) 3 organization called Jerry Liversage Ministries, Inc. By 2003 Jerry and Holly began traveling, singing, and preaching as God continued to lead them into a continued passion for those lost and for those involved in the maze of drug and alcohol addictions. Jerry has authored and published a workbook called Responding 12-step Recovery. This publication is geared toward individuals and small groups seeking God’s prescription from sin and dysfunctional behaviors. He also has a DVD Teaching Series as a companion to the workbook. The workbook is available through Christian bookstores, Barnes and Noble bookstore to include Amazon.com. You can also order through this website.
By 2007 to the present, the ministry expanded to include Responding Recovery Ministries which has various facets to include food distribution and a television broadcast through Time Warner Cable Co. now Spectrum.
In addition, Jerry, Holly and their daughter Reanna, recorded and released a gospel CD called “Just Worship.” The CD is available through this ministry, along with their workbook and DVD teaching series.
Today, Jerry spends time speaking, singing, writing, starting small groups, feeding the less fortunate, and spreading the good news of Jesus through the television program called Responding Recovery. Jerry has a new writing publication available later this year. The book is entitled Presence, Power and Purpose in a Lying World. The subtitle is The Devils Song of Seduction. This new completed project gives a Biblical view of recovery from sin and dysfunctional issues VS a secular view of recovery founded in secular humanism
Jerry is also a part time teacher/instructor for Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Institute.
Education - Jerry received his education at Cross Style International Ministries, Anaheim Christian College, Nazarene Bible College, Association of Christian Alcohol & Drug Counselors Institute, Breining Institute and New Gate College.
Jerry is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), a Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor (CDAAC), a Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) and is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC). He is part of California Consortium of Addictions Programs Professional and holds a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) credential along with a Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) credential.
He also holds a Masters of Biblical Addiction Counseling and a Doctorate of Biblical Addiction Counseling.