Jerry Starling

Proverbs 2:10-11

When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you.

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About Jerry
Born in Ocoee, FL and reared in Mt. Dora, FL, he is a 1956 graduate of Mt. Dora Bible School  and was the first student to complete grades 1-12 there. He received an AA degree in 1958 from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) and a BA from Harding College (now Harding University) in 1960 (Magna cum Laude, with majors in Secondary Education and History). In 1976 he received an MA degree in Biblical Studies (Major, New Testament) from Cincinnati Christian University. He also attended the Sunset International Bible Institute, receiving a diploma in 1967.
He worked as a computer programmer (1960-62) before entering full-time ministry. He was in New Zealand working in church planting (1963-1971, except for 2 years while he was at the Sunset International Bible Institute). Since returning to the United States, he served churches in Florida (Holly Hill, 1992-1993 ), Ohio (Withamsville 1974-1979 and Lancaster   1979-1983), and Michigan (Utica 1984-1987 and Centerline 1993-1995) in suburban Detroit. From 1995 until his retirement at the end of 2005, he served as Chaplain and Public Relations Director at the Church of Christ Care Center a nursing home, assisted living and senior housing complex in suburban Detroit. He had a six-year interval during his time in Detroit working as a route salesman.
On his retirement, he moved to Plymouth at the end of 2005, a congregation he had attended from 1952 - 1960, working as a fill-in preacher during the summer of 1957.  He previously served as an elder at the Metro (Sterling Heights, MI) Church of Christ (1990 - 1993) and the Northeast (Eastpointe, MI) Church of Christ (1998 - 2005).  He  also served as an elder at Plymouth from 2006 - 2009.  His father, Philip Starling, also was an elder at the Plymouth Church of Christ for many years - as were his uncles, L.B. Chastain & Lester Starling, and grandfather, O.T. Starling.
While in New Zealand, he married Marion Cole, an immigrant to New Zealand from England, in 1964. They have three children: Mark (b. 1966), Gwenda (b. 1967, adopted 1968; d. 2000), and Lynda (b. 1970). They also have 2 granddaughters: Melissa Clayton (b. 1991) and Megan Starling (b. 1997).
In addition to his work as a preaching minister, Jerry has written for several Christian magazines. He published a small book he authored The Simplified Story of the Bible. From 1994 - 1998 he was host of Search the Scriptures, a Christian talk TV show featuring interviews discussing various passages in the Bible. This was broadcast in the Detroit market, and was cablecast on the Inspiration Network for three years.