Raymond A. Jetson’s Bio

Raymond Anthony Jetson was born on February 14, 1956, to Mary and the late Louis Jetson. (Pastor’s birth in the early hours of Valentine’s Day added excitement to an already highly celebrated day in the Jetson household since this was also his father’s birthday.) Raymond’s early years, experienced in the shadow of Star Hill’s previous location, were filled with church and family. A product of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, he was an honor student, stellar athlete and class president. Drawn by the persona of the legendary coach Eddie Robinson, Pastor Jetson enrolled at Grambling and became a member of the football team. He later would return to Baton Rouge after an injury and attend Southern University. Filled with a youthful search for self and meaning in life, Raymond moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he lived for six years. In November 1982, he returned to Baton Rouge to support his father’s bid to for state representative.

Divine providence set a series of events under way that would forever shape the person of Raymond A. Jetson. In November 1983, his father was elected to the Louisiana Legislature only to die on May 25, 1984. Raymond would be elected in 1984 and would serve until 1999. During this time, he also would meet Tammy Williams and marry her on Valentine’s Day 1987. It was also during this time that Pastor Jetson would wrestle for seven years with God’s call to the ministry before his surrender to purpose. In December 1994, Raymond would become the fourth pastor of Star Hill.

Under his leadership the congregation has grown to more than 1,500 members and is  continually recognized for its impact on the local community. As pastor, Jetson has challenged the group to become “spiritual entrepreneurs” in order to develop innovative approaches to community needs. One of the hallmarks of the church is its intentional strategy of mobilizing and deploying the human resources of the congregation to address critical issues impacting the community.

He has a breadth of experience in the public sector and human services arena. From April 2006 through December 2009, Raymond served as CEO for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps in the coordination of local, state and national efforts to connect people and families with the resources needed to return, recover and resume their lives after surviving disastrous situations. Prior to joining the Recovery Corps, Jetson was the deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). In this capacity, he provided leadership for the state’s largest agency. Raymond served as the state Representative for District 61 in the Louisiana House of representatives for 15 years. While in the Legislature, he served on the Health and Welfare, Appropriations, and Joint Budget Committees.

During 2010, Jetson served as a Fellow with the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard. He also served as chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transit and the Baton Rouge Transition Coalition charged with leading the effort for transit reform in Baton Rouge.

His many years of public service and experience have made Raymond a resource for major media outlets across the country. Pastor Jetson has served as a source for media outlets including USATODAY, The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Jetson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the New Orleans Theological Seminary. He and his wife Tammy are the proud parents of J’Erica Nicole and Jeremy Louis.