A few years after graduating high school, Perry joined the Mississippi Air Guard as an Aircraft Loadmaster on the C-141 Starlifter. During his military service, he participated in Hurricane Hugo Relief, flying supplies to the Virgin Islands, receiving the Air Force Achievement Medal. He also served in Operation Just Cause, the invasion of Panama in December 1989. Perry's military service ended after serving in The Persian Gulf War, also called Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
It was also while in the Air Guard that Perry met his wife, Kathie, while on a trip to England. She was on temporary assignment with the Ohio National Guard, and Perry was a member of the aircrew assigned to fly her unit back to Ohio. The two met on the airplane shortly after take-off and talked for hours. Yes, hours. That conversation has been going on for over 27 years.
It was while he was in the military that Perry felt the call to ministry, He then began attending Hinds Community College, and later went to Mississippi College where he graduated.
After graduating college, he, Kathie, and their two sons moved to Fort Worth, TX where Perry attended and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Searching for a way to relieve stress as a pastor, Perry began writing a few days a week. His first book remains in a folder on his computer, a book he says will never be published. Next, he wrote Twisted Wolf over a period of three years, almost deleting it. After he had finished it, he began working on Butler's Justice. While writing it, he got the idea for The Concealment and wrote the first chapter. His latest book, The Appeal, came out in July of 2017. Perry is now working on his next book with several others planned for the future.
Currently, Perry, Kathie, and their dog Max (a Chiweenie) reside in Tennessee.