Dr. Jerry W. Peele has served as Senior Pastor of Eastman First Baptist Church since June, 1993. He is a native of Tifton, and married to Karen Sears Peele, a native of Douglas. Jerry and Karen met at Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Athens, Georgia, and were married on October 7, 1978. They have three daughters: Annalyn, Kristen, and Kellie.
Jerry was converted in November, 1972, as a freshman in college. After several years of intense discipleship and spiritual growth, he began to sense the call of God on his life to preach the gospel. He began preaching in 1977 while living in Valdosta, where he was licensed to preach by Morningside Baptist Church . From Valdosta, he moved to Forth Worth, Texas, to attend seminary and to prepare for gospel ministry as a pastor.
Jerry is a graduate of Tift County High School (1972), the University of Georgia (BS, 1977), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div,. 1981) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min., 1992). He enjoys spending time with his girls, reading, and sports, especially football. Pastor Peele loves preaching and teaching the Word of God. He is committed to world missions, church planting, and serious discipleship through the local church.