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Embarking on a new assignment

POSTED: May 17, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Bishop Jones and his wife, Renee

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He has a powerful and inspiring message, yet a sense of humbleness surrounds him. From his humble beginnings in little Riceboro to his promotion to the office of bishop, this man of God says he is just a "servant of God."
In a ceremony at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Hinesville on Saturday, Pastor Julian Jones was consecrated and ordained to the auspicious office. Bishop James H. Howell of Tampa, Fla., conducted the ordination. Surrounded by family and friends, the new bishop embarked on a new phase of his ministry.
"It is a very humbling experience," Jones said. "I don't feel entitled. It is something that is a gift from God. I feel a sense of servitude, first to God and then the people.
"From very humble beginnings, God can take you and use you in His kingdom. God called me out of the box to impact the kingdom. This assignment is an enlargement of our territory."
Last year, Jones founded Higher Dimensions Christian Fellowship, headquartered in Rincon. He will serve as the presiding prelate of the organization, which has churches in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
No novice, Jones has been in ministry for almost 25 years. He serves as pastor of Mt. Carmel Holiness Church in Riceboro, Mt. Carmel Deliverance Center in Rincon and Mt. Carmel Tabernacle of Faith in Hinesville. He founded the Deliverance Center in 2003 and the Tabernacle of Faith in 2007.  
"We are strengthening, up-building, and equipping local churches, bringing them into compliance with God's will and governmental policies," the new bishop said.
His churches have strong family Bible study and a teaching ministry geared to families.
"My vision is to build strong family units that would be empowered to go to the community to win the lost for Christ," he said.
Jones is inspired when he sees people getting saved, delivered and made whole through the power of Christ.
Jones has a hectic schedule and travels extensively, preaching in the surrounding areas, various states and overseas. He has a weekly Friday radio broadcast on WTLD (FM 90.5) in Jesup from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., and on FM 100.1 every Sunday from 9:30 to 10 a.m.
He is a board member of Men Standing for Righteousness, which attempts to enhance the quality of life for the men in Liberty County and the surrounding areas.  
A graduate of Bradwell Institute, Jones served three years in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, he studied at San Diego (Calif.) City College. He graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies and history.
Bishop Jones and his wife, Renee, live in Hinesville. They own the Sew Shop, which was voted the best clothing alteration shop in Hinesville by the readers of the Coastal Courier. They have two sons, Jonathan and Elijah. His wife and children are a viable part of the ministry; Renee sings and teaches, while the boys play the drums.
 

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