Pastor Gerak has been in full-time Christian ministry for over 30 years. He trusted Christ as his Savior on November 27, 1975 while watching a television preacher in his house living room. Six months later, he was baptized as a public profession of his faith at the Central Baptist Church in Avenel, NJ. It was there, under the ministry of Pastor Jim Gent, that he answered God’s call to the ministry. In 1978, Pastor Gerak pursued church planting and started the New Testament Baptist Church in Fords, NJ. Eventually, that ministry, which met in a storefront, merged with the First Baptist Church in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1984.
Pastor Gerak graduated from Trenton State College (now College of New Jersey) with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, he was involved in public school teaching for 5 years. After that, he was shortly involved in political campaigning for local district races focused on the Woodbridge, NJ area.
Pastor Gerak met his wife, the former Gail Mahler, while attending church at the Central Baptist Church. He and his wife, Gail, reside in Perth Amboy, NJ. They have four children and four grandchildren. Their oldest son, William, along with his wife Iliana, serve at First Baptist Church in Perth Amboy in the bus ministry, music ministry, and the Sunday School ministry. William and Iliana have one child. Stephen Gerak, along with his wife Lisa, is currently serving at Liberty Baptist Church in Stockton, Georgia under the direction of Pastor Matt Grimes. Stephen and Lisa have three children. The youngest, David, along with his wife Sharah, is serving at Kendall Park Baptist Church in Kendall Park, NJ under the direction of Pastor Michael Brown. Their only daughter, Jennifer, is diagnosed with autism and is cared for by Pastor and Mrs. Gerak.