Southern Missouri District’s Commitment to Planting and Developing Churches
The Southern Missouri District Church Planting and Development’s objective is to plant and develop churches that will reproduce themselves into vibrant growing places of worship. Our goal is to provide resources and support to the local church so that they may reach their communities for Christ.
Director of Church Planting
As the Church Planting Director, Jerry Harris is passionate about people and building churches to reach their communities. Before joining the Southern Missouri District, Jerry and his wife, Lisa, provided leadership at St. Charles First Assembly of God, guiding the church to grow and expand to reach St. Charles and Warren County, Saint Louis City and St. Louis County. They have been married since 1970 and have three married children with nine grandchildren. Jerry left a professional career with the railroad industry in 1982 to become a full-time pastor. His formal education is in Business Management and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education from Global University. In addition to pastoring, the Harris’s have served as nationally appointed U.S. Missionaries for the Assemblies of God to the inner city of St. Louis. Jerry is the founder of Inner City Ministries of St. Louis that planted and developed churches in St. Louis City and County and also in Washington Park, Illinois. Since accepting the position as Church Planting Director, 40 new places of worship have been established and 42 development projects have taken The Journey to become healthier places of worship.
Director of Church Development
Greg Perkins serves as the new Church Development Director for the Southern Missouri District. Greg and Di Ann have always had a passion for the local church and a deep desire to see healthy, vibrant churches reach their communities with the Gospel. They bring this passion and desire to their work in and among the churches of Southern Missouri. Greg and his wife, Di Ann, are also lead pastors of First Family Church in Osage Beach, MO, where they have served since January of 2015. The Perkins’ have spent over 25 years in full-time church ministry in Southern Missouri and Kansas—serving as lead pastors in Marshfield, Missouri and Derby, Kansas. Before returning to Southern Missouri, Greg served as Executive Pastor at Eastside Community Church in Wichita, Kansas. Di Ann has also worked as an executive secretary in real estate, banking, international missions, and Christian higher education. In addition to church leadership, Greg spent 6 years as a Senior Sales and Business Development Representative for two Fortune 500 companies, as well as Director of Chaplains for police agencies in Kansas and Missouri. The Perkins’ have two sons, Brad and Alex. Greg is also the author of “Moments of Destiny,” and is currently writing a devotional blog called (www.MomentsOfDestiny.com). He is currently working on a series of book projects to be released next year.