As a member of the Tyler community for more than 28 years, the Reverend Jerome R. Milton has a long history as a servant to the city, both as a leader and as a volunteer, bringing positive and ongoing change.
Rev. Milton is president of the Texas Baptist Foreign Mission Convention and serves as director of the Datie Florence Brown Children’s Home in Tyler. He is chairman of the Minority Affairs Committee at The University of Texas at Tyler and is a member of the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Texas. For the past 26 years, Rev. Milton has served as the senior pastor of Greater New Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Tyler. He is a past president and current active member of the Tyler Ministerial Alliance. Rev. Milton is the founder of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial March and Parade in Tyler.
“Volunteerism is another way of sharing the gifts God has blessed me with to shape, form, and make an impact in the (lives of others) as well as the community,” Rev. Milton said. “This is another way of discipling in your area that will cause positive change for a lifetime.”
In 2009, Rev. Milton was honored with the T.B. Butler Award for his outstanding contributions in leadership, service, and community improvements. Rev. Milton said, “Receiving the T.B. Butler Award was the highlight of my life. For me, the award represents that service and volunteerism for the sake of Christ can make a ‘million dollar’ difference in the lives of others.”
Rev. Milton was born in San Diego, California. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating magna cum laude. Rev. Milton earned his master of arts degree in theology from Point Loma School of Theology in San Diego. He and his wife, Charlene, have been married 30 years and are the parents of Lakeska, 17, Verlincya, 17, Jerome Anthon, 16, Devonte, 16, Jeremiah, 10, and Isaiah, 10. Rev. Milton is employed as the athletic scholarship coordinator and head track and field coach for Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional High School in Tyler.
“Living in Tyler has allowed me to grow and share the special gifts God has blessed me to have with others so they might see themselves worthy to share with others. Service and volunteering both share a common connection, being that special disciple of Christ,” Rev. Milton said.