Humble Beginnings : Proud of Heritage
Jerry grew up in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. The humble duplex he lived in (pictured at right) and the Mayberry-like elementary school Wickersham (pictured at right) is where he spend most of his upbringing.
After those early days, Jerry graduated from Milligan College and became a teacher in Hawaii. After pursuing that, he became a youth pastor. Now, for twelve years, he speaks to students all across the world.
Family Strong : Indianapolis Living
Jerry lives just outside Indianapolis, IN with Mitzi - wife of 19 years - and his five children (ranging from 2 years old to 14 years old). Family is a priority for Jerry as he tries to make time with family a main focus in life.
From his family, Jerry gets a lot of material for the stage and is able to connect with all generations and ages. He is able to speak and connect with fathers, families, smaller kids, teenagers, teachers, married couples, divorced couples, and more.
Speaking : A Passion and an Art
From his days as a teacher and youth coach, Jerry has seen the "underbelly" of youth culture with the attempted suicides, the broken homes, the domestic violence, and the teen drama. He has the perspective of what it's like to live "in the trenches" with youth and develop those relationships.
Years ago, he was given the opportunity to speak full-time to teens throughout the world. His passion is to connect with students to let them realize they have potential pitfalls, they have certain challenges, but they have incredible opportunity and potential.
Jerry is a regular speaker for the Navy SEALS, appeared on Sirius/XM radio, author of six books, shared the stage with NFL stars, and has spoken to over 1 million students.
Jerry believes you can teach someone to speak, but you can't teach someone to connect. It's the "art form" of speaking that Jerry is able to deliver. His messages resonate because they are not "scripted" and "canned." His presentations are truly focused on THAT audience, for THAT time, for THAT event.
Here at Jerry Ackerman Productions, we are SO excited to be able to share Jerry Ackerman and his message to your students!
With Elementary Students
Connecting with Students
Born and Raised
The 5 Kids
Doing the Lawn Mower
With High School Students