Jerrod Gunter has always had a heart for the youth, especially in the area of development and equipping students to be successful in every phase of life. He has developed several ministry programs, and consults and trains with youth ministries to encourage students to be empowered through leadership, discipleship and their creative God-given gifts. He has shared his passion and perception of youth ministry with leaders at organizations such as Google, Stuff You Can Use, Dare 2Share Ministries and Center for Youth Ministry Training.
Jerrod has challenged students to make Jesus the priority in their lives. He has started a movement labeling teens “Riotstarters” that has shown them how to create a culture of prayer and evangelism in their schools and communities. Because of this bold vision, hundreds of students have made a decision to follow Jesus.
The Lakeland, Florida native earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2001 from Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee. He earned a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008 from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He is happily married to Lakeicha, and they are the proud parents of Dezmon, Ariana, Miah and Jalen. He serves as the Next Gen Pastor of New Direction Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee.