Welcome, I’m Rich Jones and this is my personal blog. Welcome! Thanks for taking the time to read the blog. I hope it’s always helpful! I typically post at least one full article a week, as well as smaller pieces on occasion. I usually write about preaching, ministry, leadership, and other related topics. And, as a United Methodist Pastor I find myself writing about the wacky world of the Methodists on a fairly regular basis. As an avid reader I will also post book suggestions once or twice a month. My goal is to write articles that will be helpful for a broad range of Christian leaders.
I grew up in southern Arizona, while spending as much time as possible in southern California. I began college at the University of Arizona, and remain an avid Wildcat Basketball fan! I served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 – 1993. After the service I moved to northwest Texas where God led me into a whole new life! I returned to school at West Texas A&M University and graduated in 1997 with a degree in English. And in 2001 I received a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. I am married to the beautiful Kimberly Jones, an occupational therapist and we are the proud parents two children, Eli and Meleah.
In the United Methodist Church
I am the Lead Pastor for Wolfforth United Methodist Church, a growing dynamic multi-generational, multi-style church located on the Southwest Corner of Lubbock, Texas. I have served on the Northwest Texas Conference Leadership Team, was the founding Chair of the NWTX Conference Invite Team, have worked with the Healthy Church Initiative where I led Pastoral Leadership Development groups and currently serve as a clergy coach. I also served 7 years on our conference Path1 team.
I served as the clergy first-reserve delegate to the 2012 General Conference and a delegate to the 2012 South Central Jurisdictional Conference, and recently was elected in the same capacities for 2016. I currently serve on our NWTX Conference Deploy team, the Lubbock District Committee on Ordained Ministry, and I am a member of the board of directors of the General Board of Church and Society for the United Methodist Church. I continue to serve as a director for mid-high One Way Camps at Ceta Canyon and have done so for over 12 years. My favorite challenge to congregations is, “The Church is the only organization in the history of humanity that exists primarily for those who are not yet a part of it!”