Pastor Jerome Gay Jr., was raised in Southeast Washington, DC and moved to the Raleigh, NC in 1997 to attend Saint Augustine’s College for his undergraduate studies, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
While there he founded a campus ministry that emphasized the gospel and biblical orthodoxy in the urban context. The ministry grew campus wide with many trusting Christ as Savior, upon graduating he served as an elder for several years and after fervent prayer was led to plant Vision Church in October of 2010.
Vision Church has grown by God’s grace and is impacting the inner city of Raleigh by missionally engaging the city with the gospel of Jesus Christ through discipleship, leadership development, service, and holistic empowerment.
Pastor Jerome serves as the Lead Pastor of Teaching and Vision at Vision Church. Jerome has a vision to see gospel centered churches and leaders raised up within the urban context and sent out to plant other gospel-centered churches. Jerome is married to Crystal Gay and the father of Jamari Gay and son Jerome Jordan Gay III. He is also the author of four books, Church Hurt: Holding the Church Accountable and Helping Hurt People Heal, Talking to Your Children About Race, The Whitewashing of Christianity: A Hidden Past, a Hurtful Present and a Hopeful Future and Renewal: Grace and Redemption in the Story. Jerome is also the founder and President of The Urban Perspective.
Jerome has his Master’s Degree in Christian Studies and Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.