Gerald Peter Hamstra was born March 7, 1958. He was named Gerald Peter, but has been called Jerry ever since. He was taught of his need of salvation and its provision in Christ from childhood. While he had spiritual impressions during his youth, it was during his late teens that the Lord brought these realities home to his heart and he embraced Christ as his Saviour and publicly confessed his faith.
Jerry became more involved in young people's Bible study, gravitated towards leadership and soon felt called to the pastoral ministry. He earned a B.A. degree from the University of Guelph, was accepted as a student for the ministry in the Free Reformed Churches (FRC), began his seminary training at the Protestant Reformed Seminary in Grandville, Michigan and finished it at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After being accepted as a candidate in the FRC, he first served the FRC of Toronto and then the FRC of Chilliwack, BC. In 1995 he asked for and received permission to leave the ministry due to struggles with depression. From 2000 to 2010 he served a number of churches in southern Ontario with occasional pulpit supply. One of those churches was Riverside Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. God created a bond between Jerry and Riverside which eventually led to a call to Jerry to become their pastor. Jerry began serving Riverside in September 2010 and was officially ordained and installed as her pastor in June 2011.
While studying in Grand Rapids, Jerry met Wilma and soon they were married. Jerry and Wilma have 4 married children and 6 grandchildren.