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Fairfield honors Pastor Jones

by Cass Teague

Rev Edwin Sanders and Pastor Howard Jones.  (photo by Cass Teague)

Rev Edwin Sanders and Pastor Howard Jones. (photo by Cass Teague)

Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church recently honored their Pastor, Howard E. Jones, Jr., for his 28 years as Senior Pastor at Fairfield M. B. Church. He was installed as the shepherd of the flock in 1990, following a year as interim pastor. His installment marked him as the 10th pastor of Fairfield and he is now is the longest serving in the history of the Church. Fairfield was organized in 1883.

The weekend activities included a banquet on Friday evening at Kingdom Café & Grill, featuring jazz music by the Don Adams Band and dinner, with testimonies about Pastor Jones from members and friends.

The Sunday Celebration showcased three services: first featuring Pastor Ron Parham, Edmondson Chapel at 8 a.m.; then Rev. Edwin Sanders, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church, at 10:35 a.m.; and finally, Pastor Darrell Drumwright, The Temple Church, at 3 p.m.

“To everybody, he does all; it is our pleasure to give back to you on this special occasion,” said Mrs. Mary Mullins Davis. The Pastor’s Aide Ministry led the charge for the annual anniversary celebration, and Davis serves as president.

“This event is truly a labor of love,” Pastor Jones replied, expressing his gratitude by saying, “Thank you for allowing me to serve, I count my faith as righteousness. To celebrate me, I ask that you love each other, forgive each other, and know as Christians, we have to lead—courageously!”

One member, Lanre Adeola, who is part of the video technology team, described Pastor Jones in this way: “Pastor Jones is the definition of whom Christ wants us to be. Pastor Howard E. Jones Jr. Christ, can be defined as : C – consistent, charismatic & caring; H – honest, humble, happy; R – responsive, respect, responsible; I – inspirer, integrity, important; S – selfless, sincere, sensitive; and T – thankful, thoughtful, tenacious. Let us thank God for Pastor Jones!”

Pastor Jones has led Fairfield to great heights. Under his visionary leadership the church continues to grow with numerous ministries and a growth in membership from less than 300 when he became pastor to more than 1300 now, with two worship services on Sundays, Bible Study on Wednesdays, and a myriad of programs and ministries to save souls and bring them to Christ.

The church’s footprint is vast and broad throughout greater Nashville. Fairfield owns efficient and affordable housing near its former location at Fairfield and Fain streets, just south of downtown, recently officially named the Deacon Ernest Jennings Apartments. The Church purchased its current religious edifice in Goodlettsville in 2008. Fairfield’s latest enterprise is a restaurant, named Kingdom Café & Grill, formerly Harpers on Jefferson Street.

As a committed leader, he believes, “You can’t lead where you won’t go and you can’t teach what you don’t know.”

He has seen that Fairfield is involved in a myriad of community activities, such as the Council on Aging workshops, community forums examining ways to stop violence throughout the nation and the world, providing aid to victims of Katrina, the Alabama tornado and the Nashville flood. Furthermore the church provides shoes for Sole4Souls, toys for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, support at the Nashville Rescue Mission and Pink Sunday Worship Service that celebrates Breast Cancer survivors.

Pastor Jones is intent on allowing his leadership to have a broader reach. He is a candidate for the Tennessee State Senate, District 19.

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