Chaplain (Colonel) Jerry L. Jones retires today from the Army Chaplaincy at Fort Sill, OK

Let me introduce you to my successor Chaplain (Colonel) Jerry L. Jones, as the new Director/Ecclesiastical Endorser for the Chaplains Ministries of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, Inc.

I have known for many years. In fact, when Retired Army Chaplain (Colonel) Ervin L. Shirey, Sr. was our director/ecclesiastical endorser, he asked me to help him interview Jerry Jones at my church in Birmingham when I was the senior pastor of Good Shepherd Pentecostal Holiness Church (formerly the First Pentecostal Holiness Church). Little did we know the distinguished career Jerry Jones would have as an Army chaplain, and one day would be our leader. It is a true saying, "Be kind to everyone you meet for one day he or she may be your boss."

Bishop Chris Thompson, Chairman of Chaplains Ministries, IPHC, gave me the opportunity to name my successor and for the last two or more years groom and mentor him for the office which he will serve in years to come. He will have every opportunity to take us to the next higher level, and that is my prayer for him.

Now, let me share Jerry Jones' bio with you:

Chaplain Jones is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He and his wife Cynthia, from Tuttle, Oklahoma, have two children. Jessica and her husband John, and son Tripp reside in Elgin, Oklahoma. Jay and his wife Angie, son Drake, and daughter Brooke, reside in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Chaplain Jones graduated from Meadowbrook High School in Richmond, Virginia; Southwestern College of Christian Ministries, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Midwestern Baptist Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri. His degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and a Master of Divinity.

Prior to active duty, US Army, Chaplain Jones taught secondary level school at Life Christian School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He also taught at Southwestern College of Christian Ministries in Oklahoma City while serving as the Assistant Financial Aids Administrator. During this time he served as senior pastor of the Lighthouse Pentecostal Holiness Church in Tuttle, Oklahoma for two years.

Since arriving on active duty in February, 1985, his assignments include the 3-8th Field Artillery Battalion and the 3-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; Division Support Command 1st Armor Division, 47th Support Battalion, and the 16th Engineer Battalion, Fuerth, Germany; the Personnel Support Command and the 214th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; the Division Support Command 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea; the Division Artillery 4th Infantry Division, and Deputy Chaplain 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Chief, Functional Division and Chief, Personnel Proponent Office at the United States Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; the 417th Base Support Battalion, Kitzingen, Germany; the 12th Aviation Brigade, Giebelstadt, Germany, with which he went to Iraq from March 2003–February 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 1; Installation Chaplain, Fort Lewis, Washington, and Command Chaplain USAG Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.

His military education includes the Chaplain Officer Basic and Advance Courses at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; the Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia; the Army Instructor Training Course, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; the Combined Armed Services and Staff School and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; the Army Force Management Course, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the Division Chaplain Course and the Installation Chaplain Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

His awards include the Army Achievement Medal (1st Oak Leaf), the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (8th Oak Leaf), the Bronze Star Medal, and the Legion of Merit.

His most recent assignment was the Installation Chaplain at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and he will retire from the US Army on 30 September 2012 (Jerry's retirement ceremony is today, September 21, 2012, at Fort Sill, OK).

After 28 years, 6 months, and 7 days of Federal Active service he and Cynthia will reside in Lawton, Oklahoma and he will serve as the Chaplain Endorser for the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and provide pulpit supply when called upon.

Cynthia Cox Jones  

Cynthia is from Tuttle, Oklahoma, and graduated from Tuttle High School and Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has contributed hundreds of hours of volunteer work for the US Army by participating in Protestant Women of the Chapel, Vacation Bible Schools, Spouses Groups, and various organizations over the past 28 years. She has served as a substitute teacher in the DoD School system while in Germany. Most notable is the care, love, and nurturing to Jessica and Jay during their home years and constant and faithful companionship to Chaplain Jones over these 28 plus years.

Jessica Jones McGavic

Daughter Jessica, teaches at Eisenhower Middle School. She and her husband, John have one son, Tripp.

Jay Jones

Son Jay is a student at Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, and is a chaplain candidate in the Army Reserve (after having served as a battery commander at Ft. Sill). He and Angie have two children, Drake and Brooke.

[Editor's Note: It is most interesting that Jerry Jones attended Holmes Bible College for one year prior to attending Southwestern College (now Southwestern Christian University). This is a significant fact, and reveals once again the importance and value of Holmes Bible College in preparing men for the military chaplaincy. Two of our current military chaplains are graduates of Holmes Bible College and a third taught at Holmes.

Every director/endorser of Chaplains Ministries since Chaplain (Colonel) Ervin L. Shirey, Sr. has attended and/or graduated from Holmes Bible College. Let me list these men for you now:

Chaplain (Colonel) Ervin L. Shirey, Sr., US Army

Chaplain (Colonel) Raymond Caulder, US Army

Chaplain (Colonel) R. Freeman Mashburn, US Army

Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Hugh H. Morgan, US Air Force

Chaplain (Colonel) Jerry L. Jones, US Army

The future is bright for Chaplains Ministries, IPHC. God has granted us favor with the Chiefs of Chaplains of the Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as Veterans Affairs Chaplaincy. We currently have some of the finest and most outstanding chaplains in our history. God has positioned this ministry for exponential growth in the years to come.]

May I encourage you to pray for Chaplain Jerry and Cynthia Jones and the extensive ministries God is now giving them. They have my full support with my prayers and resources that God has given me.]

Chaplain (Colonel) Jerry L. Jones retires today from the Army Chaplaincy at Fort Sill, OK