Jerry Thorpe

Jerry Thorpe


Wife:  Freddie - married June 2, 1958;

Children:  Daughter Cheryl; Sons, Alan and Kyle and four grandchildren


Associate Science Degree, Odessa College 

Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Texas (Permian Basin)

Attended Baptist Bible College, Springfield, MO

Attended Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX



Outstanding Graduate in History UTPB

Honorary doctorate degree from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College, 1986

Statesman of the Year in Religion, 1991 from Odessa Heritage Foundation

Friend of Education Award, 1995 from Ector County Independent School District

Honorary Doctorate of Humanities Degree, Liberty University, 2009



Rev. Curtis Thorpe, the father of Rev. Jerry Thorpe, pastored Temple Baptist Church for 38 years. Jerry co-pastored the church with him for 20 years, beginning November 1, 1964. In the Fall of 1984, assumed the position of Senior Pastor of the church. He retired as Senior Pastor in November of 2000. Temple (now Crossroads Fellowship) is the largest church in Odessa. Jerry is now Pastor Emeritus of the congregation and travels about 45 Sundays a year speaking at churches around this nation.    



Active member of Liberty University Board, Lynchburg VA. (Since May 2, 1988)

Former member Downtown Lions Club of Odessa

Former member Odessa Ministerial Alliance. 

Former Member of the Board: 

Salvation Army

The United Way

Ector County Juvenile Home

Ector County Industrial Development Board

Odessa Housing Authority Board. 

Past Head Chaplain of Odessa Police Department.


A unique preaching style that combines Biblical truth and relevant topics with vitality and humor.




5 - First Baptist, Red Oak, Tx.  Jared Douglas

12 - Harvest Baptist, Goodyear (Pheonix) AZ.,  Kim Gray 

19 - Sandy Baird, Houston, Tex.

26 - Calvary Baptist, Grand Prairie, Tx.  Brian Loveless


2 - First Baptist, Fort Worth, Tx.  Don Wills

9 - Alliance Baptist, Fort Worth, Tx.  Terry Kizer

16 - Midway Church, Aubrey, Tx.  John Henry Theisen

23 - Lighthouse Church, Saint Louis, Keith Gilming


26 - First Baptist, Wright City, Tx.  Rohn Boone


17 - Calvary Baptist, Columbus, Ohio, Matt Keller

31 - Oak Hill Baptist, Somerset, Ky.  Gary Phelps


7 - Warehouse Church, Dallas, Ed Trinkle

14 - Fellowship of Rockies, Colorado Springs, Stewart McWilliams

21 - Grace Bible Baptist, Casper, Wy.  Steve Adams

28 - Canon City Baptist, Canon City, Co.  David Almanzar


12 - Temple Baptist, Albuquerque, NM, Fred Gurule


2 - Calvary Baptist, Bowie, Tx.  Ron Abbott       

23 - Temple Baptist, Springdale, Ark.  Keith Buttram

30 - Friendship Baptist, Owasso, Ok.  Linzy Sladen  


13 - Fellowship Baptist, Nederland, Tx.  Phil Webber

27 - Park Crest Baptist, Springfield, Mo.  Phil Housley


11 - Beacon Baptist, Taylor, Michigan, John Reilly

18 - Baptist Tabernacle, Shreveport, La.  Jack Alumbaugh 

25 - Rock Creek Church, Prosper, Tx.  Brad Wilkerson


8 - Bridgepoint, Boise, Idaho, Jeff Love

21-22 - The Met, Fort Worth, Tx.  Bill Ramsey