Thank you to all who came out to support Elder Jones on his 34th anniversary of ministry. Your presence was greatly appreciated. He truly deserves double honor for his life of excellence and is living proof that one can live perfect to God here on this earth. Click on the link below to view video of the service. View some photography of the service and celebration. Read a short bio of his life at the end of this page.
Sermon: "The Truth"
Elder Jerome H Jones
St. John 8:31-36
St. Matthew 1:21
I John 3:4, 1-6
I John 2:3-5
I Corinthians 6:9-11
Elder Jerome H. Jones
God is number one and family is a close second.
Those have been the priorities in Elder Jerome Jones’ life for the last 34 years. It wasn’t always that way, though. From the age of 18 to 29, he lived a life of sinful and harmful indulgence—drug and alcohol addiction, smoking, womanizing, stealing and lying. As he often says: “Everything I was big enough and bad enough to do.”
But he’ll be the first to tell you that he wasn’t raised to behave that way. Jerome Herbert Jones was born January 16, 1948 the eldest of six children to Herbert and Vivian Jones of Staunton, VA. His parents faithfully took him to church every week. Bedtime stories were told from the Bible by his mother, who also encouraged him to memorize verses.
He ventured to the Nation’s Capital when he was old enough to leave home, the place where he found trouble and trouble found him. But it’s also where he would be directed to three people who would make such an impression on his life that they stopped him in his tracks.
First, Sis. Gratsy Tibbs, a colleague at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., who told him two things he’d never heard: 1)You can live in this world free of sin, and 2) You can live perfect to God. Those words sparked his “spiritual antenna,” and he was eager to learn more. So he accompanied her to a church service at The Church of God in Lothian, MD, where he met the second person whose words and remarkable life would, in turn, change Elder Jones’ life forever. There he heard the pastor, Elder Raymond Wills, explaining directly from the Bible how to live a sin-free life.
That’s what I’d been looking for all my life—someone to just tell me the truth.” Elder Jones says. “I decided that I wasn’t going to anybody’s church until I saw someone doing right. I always believed that people in the church should live differently from people in the world.”
In May of 1979, he made a promise to God that he would leave his old life behind and serve Him for the rest of his days. He gave his hand to Eld. Wills at the altar, and gave his heart to God almighty.
For nearly a year, he remained single, focusing on bettering his life and keeping the promise he made to God. It was at that time when Theresa Martin, the third person who would change his life, entered the picture. Theresa Martin was a Washington, D.C. native who had been raised as a Catholic all of her life, but as an adult, she realized that she needed more. She was looking for a way to let go of her sins, not confess them every week and repeat. She wasn’t a stranger to Elder Jones, but also a colleague at Children’s Hospital and a friend of Sis. Gratsy Tibbs; in fact, she learned of the Church of God in Lothian through Sis. Tibbs. He always thought she was “just the woman for him,” but they kept their distance.
In the spring of 1979, Sis. Martin found herself at the altar, making her own promise to God. It didn’t take long for Elder Jones to get her phone number and they immediately hit it off. They were married eight, short months later on November 17, 1979 and by September of the following year, their first child was born—the first of a 14!
He was called into the ministry a short time later—a job he said he didn’t want. But it was a work that God had already planned for him. He sat under the tutelage of Elder Wills for seven years before preaching a full-length sermon, constantly listening and learning. Once he grabbed both sides of the pulpit, he delivered messages with a style that cut to the heart of the matter. Using life experiences and the word of God, his messages are in your face and real, but always nothing but the truth. “I tell you the truth because I love you,” he says. A devoted family man, Elder Jones is always concerned about the well being of his children, his flock, and all those he encounters. He is a counselor, a listener and a doer. We are deeply thankful to God for a leader who loves, leads and teaches by example.