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Jerry L. Birch


Pastor Birch has been deeply involved in Christian service in the Cleveland, Ohio area for over 39 years. Known for his authentic and transparent teaching, Pastor Birch strives to clearly communicate the Word of God and make it relevant for today’s listeners.

Jerry is a regular contributor to Sports Spectrum Magazine and a recent contributor to The Heart of an Athlete, a publication by Our Daily Bread Ministries.

Additionally, Jerry has been the NBA Player's Chaplain for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the past 24 seasons. His devotional book, "No Rings in Heaven only Crowns!" a compilation of his most will receive chapel  messages,

A native Clevelander, Pastor Birch is a graduate of East Tech. He holds an AB degree in psychology from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Jerry has also completed graduate work at Ashland Theological Seminary.

Jerry and his wife Gail (B.A, University of Chicago) have been married for 48 years. They have four children and six grandchildren and live in Oakwood Village.

Jerry and Gail of are the founders of Mastering The Ministry of Marriage, a parachurch ministry and have conducted high impact marriage enrichment conferences and workshops all over the midwest. They have four children, six grandchildren and live in Oakwood Village.

Darryl Harris


Pastor Harris is a gifted preacher, and bible teacher with a heart to reach all generations with the Word of God. A former Youth Pastor, Darryl has been in full-time ministry for 23 years and has over 30 years of ministry experience.

He is a former sales executive with Levi Strauss & Co. and a graduate of University of Cincinnati School of Business.

He and his wife Tanya, have 3 adult children, Lauren(Bell), Jasmine and Jonathan,  three grandchildren, and currently reside in Twinsburg.

In his spare time he enjoys all sports (former college baseball player), writing, watching son play college basketball, and traveling to Orlando where his family now resides. Born in East Orange, NJ. Read Pastor Harris’ "When God Says Wait", book available on Amazon!

Darryl Collins


 A charter member of AGF, Darryl Collins is one of our original Elders appointed in 2007.  Elder Collins has served in  children’s ministry for over 25 years and has led our Children's Church since the inception of AGF in 2005.

Darryl has worked in the banking industry for 24 years and has a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Cleveland State University.

Elder Collins and his wife  Monica have been married for 27 years and have two sons, Jerel and Trevor.

Vernon Orr


Vernon Orr is also a charter member and one of AGF's original ruling elders.  Elder Vernon is an outstanding bible teacher and has been a student of God's word for over 30 years.

Vern has a great ability to breakdown complex theological concepts and convey them  in a manner  that not only enlightens, but inspires his students

He has worked as a customer service rep for over 35 years for Nestor sales, an automotive and industrial distributor.

Vern and his wife  wife Kim have been married 28 years. They have two adult children,  Brandon and  Autumn and a granddaughter, Summer.

In his spare time he enjoys football, basketball bike riding and tending to his landscaping. He and his wife reside in Bedford Hts.