Our History

jonesvalleyThe History of the Jones Valley Community
Church of God in Christ

The Jones Valley Church was established in 1913 when several community members were saved and given the “second blessing” which through reading the word of God they found to be indeed the Holy Ghost.  John Warren, Hattie Mims Warren, Swanson Seals, Joan Seals and Mel Jones Robinson began to have cottage meetings from house to house throughout the community.  Bro. Fred Daniels became saved at a tent revival on Border Street next to the old Emmett Scott High School.  Bro. Daniels, after accepting his calling into the ministry, reorganized the cottage meeting, proceeding from house to house, again preaching the gospel.  These meetings were subsequently moved to the Jones Valley School building which was considered the Tyler “colored school” during this period.  The late Oliver Mims, school trustee, after being out voted, was told by school officials they could no longer hold these meetings because most of the school attendants were of another denomination.  This unexceptance caused the founders to re-establish their cottage meetings in early 1917.  Bro.Oliver Mims and Sis. Idonia Mims Houston freely offered their homes for these spirit filled meetings.  Shortly after the reconvening of these services, the late Oliver Mims told his daughter, the late Rosie Mims Daniels, “I’m gon’ give yall a spot a groun’ where yall can build yall a church”.  Henry Flanigan was the carpenter, who laid the foundation, which he made from rocks.  In 1917, the church was finally constructed.  Elder Fred Daniels was the first pastor of the newly built Jones Valley Holiness Church.  (It was called Holiness Church because they did not yet know about the C.O.G.I.C.).  Elder S. D. Lee began pasturing in 1918 when Jones Valley Holiness Church became Jones Valley Church of God in Christ after affiliating with the C.O.G.I.C. denomination.  Elder Solon Gee was Elder Lee’s Successor.  Several other great ministers passed through the Jones Valley Church of God in Christ serving in later years as Bishops, Superintendents, Pastors and great Evangelists.  Supt. M. Rider (Tyler-Whitehouse), Elder Battles (Ft. Worth), Reverend W. E. Smith, Supt. G. Walker, Supt. E. J. Geter (Tyler) and Elder Lonzo Barnes served as pastors in the order listed.  Elder Lonzo Barnes remained faithful to Jones Valley until his untimely demise in October 1981. [Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 states, “To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under the heaven: (2) a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; (3) a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up.]

houston dadIn 1982, the Lord moved upon Supt. W. B. Houston’s heart to send his son, Elder David R. Houston, to the Valley.  Dr. David Houston pursued with the building fund established by the late Elder Lonzo Barnes and through many challenges, he and the Jones Valley members built the present church.  In 1986, the official name of the church was changed to the Jones Valley Community Church of God in Christ.

In November of 1990, Elder David Houston was elevated tobishop houston Jurisdictional Bishop of Texas Northeast Second Jurisdiction and continued to serve Jones Valley as pastor.

On July 10, 2004, Bishop David Houston appointed Supt. Melton R. Timmons as pastor.  Since that time Pastor Timmons has continued to build on the foundation laid by his predecessors.  The membership is growing and God is continuing to shower His blessings on the Jones Valley Community COGIC.  Pastor Timmons has led the church into outreach ministries which include four television programs in East Texas, one radio program and the Jones Valley website.  “There are no dry bones in the Valley”.

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