Rev. Jerre Nolte is the eldest of the two children of R. Dean and Norma E. Nolte. He has a younger sister, Beth (Nolte) Reeder. Jerry attended elementary and secondary schools in Garden City, Kansas.
After graduating from Southwestern College in May 1980, with a BA in Education, Jerre entered the full-time missionary service through the United Methodist Church as a US-2. He was appointed to serve for two years at Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky. Midway through his two year term, he married R. Jalynn (Matthews).
In September 1982, Jerre enrolled as a full-time student at Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas, Texas. In the fall of 1984, he served as a Student Intern Pastor at the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In June 1985, he was appointed to serve three Methodist Churches in Newcastle, Dundrum, and Downpatrick in County Down, Northern Ireland. Jerre returned to Perkins in the fall of 1986 and graduated from SMU with a Master’s of Divinity in May of 1987.
Rev. Nolte’s first appointment was in June 1987, to the First United Methodist Church of Winfield, Kansas as the Associate Pastor. In June 1991, he was appointed to serve the Anthony United Methodist Church in Harper County. In June 1996, he was appointed to serve as pastor at the Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield, Kansas. In June 2005, Jerre was appointed to serve as the lead pastor of the Church of the Cross United Methodist Church in Salina, Kansas. In June 2008, he was appointed as Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Hays, Kansas.
Jerry and Jalynn have four children. Their daughter, Rebecca, is Director of Youth Ministries at Countryside United Methodist Church in Topeka, Kansas and is married to Alek Bowles. Their son-in-law is an accountant in Lenexa, Kansas. They live in Lawrence, Kansas. Their son, Matthew, is a chef in Manhattan, Kansas, and their youngest, Nicholas, is a senior at KU in Lawrence, Kansas majoring in Biology-Genetics.