Local pastor Reverend Frank Jones was recently recognized by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III for his 40 years of service to the ecclesiastic community of southern West Virginia.
Manchin’s formally released recognition points out Jones’ accomplishments saying, “On behalf of the citizens of the Mountain State, and as your United States Senator, it is my privilege to recognize Reverend Frank Jones for his unwavering commitment to community service in our beautiful state. Faith is an important part of every community. Our faith leaders provide a sense of security, support and compassion that carries through our communities and truly makes us stronger as a state.”
Jones is a long-term fixture of the ministerial scene in southern West Virginia serving for 40 years as pastor at the Cole Street Missionary Baptist Church in Aracoma, W.Va. and 39 years as pastor of the Second Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Williamson, W.Va. Jones also serves as a director of the West Virginia Baptist State Convention.
Jones, in an article for the June, 2015 issue of The Baptist News, a West Virginia Baptist State Convention Publication, wrote, “Pastors who are led by the Holy Spirit will be concerned about the welfare of their parishioners. They will teach them the way the Lord will have them to go. Good pastors are good leaders. Good leaders have headlights and not taillights. I believe Christ wants us as pastors to be forward looking, always expecting the best that God has to offer us.”
A reception celebrating Jones’ 40 years of service will be held at the Cole Street Missionary Baptist Church Sunday Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served following services.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 3o4-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]