Jerry "Doc" Bentley from "Church Rescue" stars in the National Geographic Channel reality series.

Jerry Bentley, aka Doc, grew up in the small, rural community of Baton, North Carolina, where life was simple and tea was sweet. Doc does not play much kick-the-can these days. As the resident Church Hopper Doc, he spends his time focusing on emotions and how they influence the church decision-making process.

Licensed into the ministry in 1987, Doc became an ordained minister in 1990. He followed his ordination with a Bachelors of Theology, a Masters of Religious Education, and a Doctorate in Ministry in Christian Counseling. Doc has since created and developed pastoral counseling ministries, adult leadership training curriculums, marriage retreats, basketball camps, children's camps, youth camps, as well as planted churches and co-created Church Hoppers.

Doc has spent years as both a pastor and counselor, as well as 7 years as a street preacher. Outside of the ministry world, Doc has both business start-up and management experience. He is also a very animated and creative motivational speaker, as well as a philosophical thinker.

In his free time, Doc loves to scuba dive. Doc enjoys spending time with his wife Tracy, along with their four children, and four grandchildren.


Hometown: Baton, NC
Wife: Tracy Bentley

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