Paul Jiones
PERSON OF THE MONTH
Paul Jones
Master of Biblical Studies
Bachelor of Biblical Studies

Theological University of America





  I was born in Zambia and lived most of my life in Johannesburg, South Africa.

I am married to my beautiful wife Sharron. We have four kids and five grandchildren.

After graduating high school, I entered the South African Air Force. Five years after completing my time in the military, I went to Bible college.

After graduating, my wife and I went into the mission field where we worked for 15 years before We immigrated to the United States in 1999. In 2009, we received our naturalization and became United States citizens.

I have preached in Whitehall, Arkansas, Lafayette, Louisiana. I have served as the pulpit preacher the past 14 years in Palestine Texas. I presently serve as one of the elders and senior pulpitt minister. I have been blessed to be involved in mission work in many countries - Russia, India, South America, Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana and, of course, a neighboring country Mexico.The best and worst time of my ministry has to have been the recovery after hurricane Katrina and hurricane Rita. Learning a tremendous amount from that experience has helped me in ministry to be able to reach people on a totally different level than ever before.

The Lord definitely prepares us for our future appointments in life by helping us through life. We may not see it at the time and the pain may have been great but the blessings that come in Kingdom business later on in life are just amazing.

I am passionate about community and making sure that the church is an asset to the community that it resides in. One of the ways that we accomplish this in Palestine is by having a large community food pantry. We help and serve an average of 720 families a month, distributing more than 10,000 pounds of food. The difference that this makes to Community is visible by the changes that are made within the community - no child goes to bed hungry in Anderson County.

I, also, am passionate about mission work. Our church supports and sponsors a mission field in Zimbabwe where we have 17 churches and have built a medical clinic in Plumtree. We support two full-time preachers and visit Zimbabwe every other year with a medical mission team. We are able to change the lives of many people, bringing hundreds of converts to Christ.

I, also, am presently the president of the board of the YMCA in Palestine Texas. I also serve on the board of emergency food and shelter program.

In 2017, the Chamber of Commerce nominated me volunteer of the year. Because of the community work that Court Drive church of Christ does, the city and the chamber cited me as one of the top 40 difference makers.