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Gerald Eugene Wilkerson was born on October 21, 1939 in Des Moines, Iowa.  He later grew up in Long Beach, California.  He attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California and was ordained a priest on January 5, 1965 by Cardinal James Francis McIntyre.

He served in the archdiocese as associate pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Habra; St. Michael, Los Angeles and American Martyrs, Manhattan Beach, and for 15 years at Our Lady of Grace Church, Encino as administrator and then pastor.In 1996 Bishop Wilkerson was named Episcopal Vicar for the San Fernando Region and then ordained auxiliary bishop the following year.
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