Jerry Pettis

(1916-1975). Congressman from the Thirty-third Congressional District of California. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, he received his education in Western schools. In 1938 he graduated from Pacific Union College with a major in speech. In later years he took advance studies at the University of Denver and the University of Southern California. After graduation from Pacific Union College, he served as a ministerial intern in Arizona. Always interested in aviation, he obtained his pilot’s license and then traveled by light plane as he served his scattered congregations in the Mojave Desert. In following years he worked in evangelism in Missouri and joined the faculty of Union College, teaching in the Speech Department. In 1947 he married Shirley McCumber. One year later he became professor of...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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