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Rev. Jerry Richard Porter

Jerry Richard Porter was born in Woodward, Okla. on Feb 15, 1931.  He was preceded in death by parents Essig Upton and Willie Porter, one brother, Wayne and one sister, Shirley.


A graduate of Monte Vista, CO. highschool, Jerry entered Phillips University in Enid, OK to pursue a pre-seminary Bachelor of Arts Degree. He received the Master of Ministry from Brite Divinity of Texas Christian University in 1953 and married Julia Cordell of Lancaster, TX .    The couple had four daughters; Patricia, Beth, Jerri Lynne, and Frances Ann.


While serving as Senior minister of First Christian Church in Marshfield, MO. Jerry accepted the call to pastor a newly founded Disciples of Christ Christian Church in Overland Park, KS. The Hillcrest Christian Church was meeting in Hillcrest Junior Highschool.  Under his leadership and love, Hillcrest Christian Church purchased land, built 2 buildings and was recognized as one of the fastest growing Disciples of Christ churches in the United States.


In 1983 Jerry married Donna Walters and together they shared 36 years of travel, church service and family. After 22 years as Senior Minister, Jerry left Hillcrest and studied Intentional Interim Ministry for Kansas City Disciples of Christ Churches. The call to Interim Ministry took Jerry and Donna to Eastgate Christian Church, Independence Blvd Christian, Park Hill Christian and First Christian of Smithville.  In 1993, he left Interim Ministry to become Senior Minister of the Smithville First Christian Church. During the 6 years as Senior Pastor, the Smithville Church built an addition that doubled the space of the church, increased attendance by 50%, and tripled the financial offerings to outreach and church management. Jerry retired from active ministry in 1999 and he and his wife, Donna, joined Community Christian Church in Kansas City, MO. Jerry served as Minister of Outreach and an active member until his illness in 2011.  


Jerry’s passions were backpacking in mountains and mission work with Habitat for Humanity.  A highlight of his Habitat projects was the build he did with Jimmy Carter in Romania. Jerry Porter will be remembered as the gentle shepherd who loved pastoral care and leading churches toward outreach to those in need. 


Jerry is survived by wife, Donna, 4 daughters: Pattie Whitmer (Tim), Jerri Lynne Porter, Beth Sakumura (Eric) , Frankie Conroy (Tom), and 6 grandchildren: Michaela, Carly, Kirin, Samantha, Jerry, & Brenan; step daughter, Terri Sue Wensinger (Jack) and 3 grandsons ; Max , Sam , and Charlie Wensinger,  A step son, Brad Walters (Michelle) and 3 grandsons; Taylor, Logan, and Will Walters.



A memorial service will be on Aug. 24 at 11:00 at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St. followed by a celebration luncheon.  Memorial contributions to celebrate Jerry’s life may be sent to Community Christian Church.

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Community Christian Church
4601 Main St.
Kansas City
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Aug 24 ,2019
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11:00 am
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