Soteria CDC Director

Jerry Blassingame is the Executive Director of Soteria Community Development Corporation and Senior Pastor of Soteria Christian Fellowship.  He endeavors to empower individuals and the community through education, affordable housing, financial wisdom, community and economic development, and entrepreneurship.

Pastor Jerry enrolled in correspondence courses at Columbia International University and studied architectural engineering at Greenville Technical College.  He was employed as a senior technician at a geo-technical engineering firm.  In 1999, Pastor Jerry opened the doors of Soteria World Outreach Ministries (SWOM), a prison ministry, transitional housing provider, and mentorship program for men and women released from South Carolina prisons that have proven that they want to re-enter society as positive influences.  SWOM has received state and national acclaim for its work to inspire hope, rebuild lives, and reduce recidivism.  As the services expanded, so did Pastor Jerry’s role as Executive Director of SWOMHis duties and leadership role included managing housing, organizing regular community projects concerning economic development, and operating a community food-bank and an outreach program at Redemption World Outreach Center.  Later, it became apparent that SWOM and Redemption Community Development Corporation shared a similar purpose to promote housing, transitional services, economic development, and financial education.  In 2007, the two organizations merged, forming Soteria Community Development Corporation (CDC).

 

Since the merger under Pastor Jerry’s leadership, Soteria CDC has continued to receive recognition for its community service:  

  • In September 2008, at the Housing and Community Economic Development Conference, Soteria CDC received the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations Award for outstanding leadership and service to low-income neighborhoods and communities in Greenville County.
  • In January 2009, at the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, Pastor Jerry received the Max Heller Neighborhood Improvement Award for exemplary efforts towards neighborhood improvement and empowerment.
  • Graduate of the 2009-2010 Leadership Greenville class 36 

Pastor Jerry and his wife, Stephanie, have six children and reside in Greer, South Carolina.