Jones takes helm at Wolfforth UMC

The new pastor of Wolfforth United Methodist Church took time to pray over the decision to come here from Amarillo.

“I’ve known of this church for a long time,” said Rich Jones, who knew the former lead pastor. When he was asked to consider coming to Lubbock, he said he and his wife, Kimberly, prayed over it.

“We knew deeply that God was leading us here,” said Jones. “It was just a deep sense that God was saying, ‘This is what I have for you: Go here.’ And so, we came.”

Jones was the lead pastor of Saint Stephen United Methodist Church West Campus in Amarillo before coming to Wolfforth. He was there for seven years, and led a church in Rotan for two years before that.

Jones said in the month since he arrived in Wolfforth, he has seen that Wolfforth UMC is “an amazing church.”

“It’s multi-generational, which is unusual these days,” he said.

While the church offers contemporary music, it also has some traditional elements. People have been warm and friendly, and have a desire to go deeper with God, something else that Jones said is unusual.

The church’s biggest asset is its wonderful people with a heart for God and a willingness to do whatever it takes to build his kingdom, Jones said.

After listing the church’s best qualities, Jones said he had no desire to make immediate changes.

“I’m not one to jump to change,” he said, noting the church has changed in recent years with a move to its current location on Donald Preston Drive and a change in musical styles.

Jones, who tried college for a while before becoming a Marine for four years, went on to attend and graduate from West Texas A&M in 1997. He followed his bachelor’s in English with his studies at the Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

Outside of work, he is interested in college sports, particularly basketball, as well as reading, writing, traveling and anything to do with technology. He describes himself as a “technogeek.”

Jones and his wife, an occupational therapist, have one son, Eli, 3, and another child due in December.

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