By Kia Croom<imgclass=”size-medium wp-image-26818″ alt=”Pastor Donnell “Rickey” Jones. ” src=”http://www.postnewsgroup.com/publishedcontent/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Pastor-Ricky-Jones–200×300.jpg” width=”200″ height=”300″ /> Pastor Donnell “Rickey” Jones.
Pastor Donnell “Rickey” Jones of New Direction Ministries is celebrating “25 Years of Faithful Ministry,” Sunday, June 23 at New Direction Ministries, located on the Vista Christian School campus, 2354 Andrade Ave. in Richmond at 3 p.m.
The event willfeature Bishop Vincent Manyweather of Greater Abundant Life Church.
Jones is founding pastor of New Direction, which is three years old. In his 25 years of ministry, he has traveled throughout California and the Southeast, including Georgia and Alabama.
His ministry has brought him full circle, back to his hometown of Richmond.
It has been challenging and rewarding to be back home doing ministry among the people and community he loves, he said. “New Direction is a baby church taking baby steps in ministry. The ministry is three years in and moving along very slowly and healthily.”
New Direction Ministries’ worship services are held each Sunday at 10 a.m.
Jones was called into the preaching ministry at the age of 30. After accepting his calling, he moved to Jackson, Tennessee to attend Lane College. After two years, he began pastoring at Fry’s Chapel CME and Montezuma CME Churches.
After pastoring at the two churches in one year, he relocated to Birmingham to attend Miles College. He balanced his studies with a job as director at the male honor dorm on campus.
Jones graduated with honors with a bachelor of science in Business Administration. He later attended Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, earning a bachelor’s degree in bible studies.
He continued his studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) Atlanta, where he was elected to represent the student body on the Board of Trustees.
While in seminary, Jones met and married his wife Rev. Christine Jones.
His career took him to Florida, where he established New Direction Ministries, before relocating back to Richmond and establishing New Direction Ministries, West Coast.