Jerry Bench

As a former employee of the Greenville Independent School District and as a deacon at Highland Terrace Baptist Church, Jerry Bench has worn his assorted hats with a high level of dedication and compassion.

As a former employee of the Greenville Independent School District and as a deacon at Highland Terrace Baptist Church, Jerry Bench has worn his assorted hats with a high level of dedication and compassion.

Bench’s career with the school district began in 1965 as a student teacher at Travis Elementary School. Then, over the course of his 42 years with GISD, he served as a teacher, junior high principal, assistant superintendent of personnel, and finally (in semi-retirement) as a Bible teacher at Greenville High School.

“I was principal at the junior high for 10 years, from 1971 to 1981, and while I was there the teachers nominated me for one of the biggest honors I ever received, which was a Texas State Teachers Association Award for outstanding principal,” Bench told the Herald-Banner. “After that, when I got called to work in the admin building as the assistant superintendent of personnel, I worked with teachers and other district employees on a whole gamut of issues.

“Then, I retired in 1996, but I got a call from the high school, asking if I’d teach a Bible class that wouldn’t count toward graduation, but that they wanted to have so that students could be educated Biblically, and I taught that class until 2007,” Bench added.

As a deacon at Greenville’s Highland Terrace Baptist Church, Bench has visited and prayed with people in hospitals, nursing homes or who are confined to their homes. He has also been a member of the group On Mission for Jesus, which works to help other churches in the community with building projects.

“Physically, I’ve gotten to where I can’t do as much of the building as I used to, but we have about 111 widows in our church that those of us men who are deacons help look after,” Bench said.

Due to service being such a major part of his character, Bench doesn’t claim to have that many hobbies.

“I don’t really have any hobbies,” he said. “I love to have a nice yard and maybe a garden where I grow tomatoes or something, but I don’t play golf or do woodworking or anything like that.

“I just grew up in a house where both of my parents were believers, and my mom made sure we got to church every Sunday. That has definitely shaped my life.”

Bench’s career with the school district began in 1965 as a student teacher at Travis Elementary School. Then, over the course of his 42 years with GISD, he served as a teacher, junior high principal, assistant superintendent of personnel, and finally (in semi-retirement) as a Bible teacher at Greenville High School.

“I was principal at the junior high for 10 years, from 1971 to 1981, and while I was there the teachers nominated me for one of the biggest honors I ever received, which was a Texas State Teachers Association Award for outstanding principal,” Bench told the Herald-Banner. “After that, when I got called to work in the admin building as the assistant superintendent of personnel, I worked with teachers and other district employees on a whole gamut of issues.

“Then, I retired in 1996, but I got a call from the high school, asking if I’d teach a Bible class that wouldn’t count toward graduation, but that they wanted to have so that students could be educated Biblically, and I taught that class until 2007,” Bench added.

As a deacon at Greenville’s Highland Terrace Baptist Church, Bench has visited and prayed with people in hospitals, nursing homes or who are confined to their homes. He has also been a member of the group On Mission for Jesus, which works to help other churches in the community with building projects.

“Physically, I’ve gotten to where I can’t do as much of the building as I used to, but we have about 111 widows in our church that those of us men who are deacons help look after,” Bench said.

Due to service being such a major part of his character, Bench doesn’t claim to have that many hobbies.

“I don’t really have any hobbies,” he said. “I love to have a nice yard and maybe a garden where I grow tomatoes or something, but I don’t play golf or do woodworking or anything like that.

“I just grew up in a house where both of my parents were believers, and my mom made sure we got to church every Sunday. That has definitely shaped my life.”

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