Amanda Jones is the fifth of six kids, born in a pastor’s home. She made a profession of faith at age 7, and again at 14. She served in her local church as choir member, church pianist, and Sunday school teacher, but never had complete peace. On March 7, 2011, much to her surprise, God showed her she was lost and living a lie. As a preacher’s wife and pastor’s kid, she knelt and asked God to save her. The peace was instantaneous, and God wrought a change in her life. By her own testimony, she was a “good kid”, having been spared a life of sin through her careful upbringing. She was involved in many “good works” in her church and her community, but they were “…like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.” Matthew 23:27
It wasn’t until God pierced her armor of self-righteousness and she recognized herself as a sinner, that she truly understood the grace and mercy of unmerited salvation.
Her life verse is Isaiah 26:3 - “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Evangelist Russell Jones
C/O Lighthouse Baptist Church
241 Oak Grove Road
Blacksburg, SC 29702
Evangelist Russell Jones
Russell Jones was born June 19th, 1970, the only survivor of identical twins. Due to an extremely low birth weight and numerous health problems, he was not expected to survive his first few days of infancy. His heart actually stopped beating countless times in the hospital incubator. Doctors told his parents there was a strong probability that he would go blind in childhood and possibly never walk or talk.
At 18 months, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage due to an injury he sustained during, or after, delivery. His parents were told to expect severe mental retardation. However, God had other plans. Russell began to talk at the age of 1, and to read at the age of 3, and also walk that same year.
After graduating from public high school in 1988, he attended technical college and held numerous positions in manufacturing. Ever discontent, he sought fulfillment in the pleasures of this world, but was always left empty. In spite of a trip to the altar in a fundamental, independent, KJV preaching Baptist church at the age of 5, there had never been any real indication that God had wrought a true work of redemption in his heart.
At the age of 24, sin sick, broken, and at the end of himself, he cried out to God just seconds before taking his own life. God began a work in his heart that day which soon brought about true repentance and sure salvation.
Russell surrendered to the call to preach in 1997, and served for six and a half years with Alamance Rescue Mission in Burlington, NC. God allowed him to fill many pulpits during those years as an itinerate preacher.
In 2003 God called him to Bible College. He graduated from Ambassador Baptist College in 2006 with a Graduate of Theology diploma. He served as interim pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Salisbury, NC until God called him to serve at Lighthouse Baptist Church.
Russell has served as the Youth Pastor, Music Director and also taught Bible and History at Heritage Christian School before entering into full time evangelism in 2011.
Russell's life verse is 2 Samuel 9:13 - "So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet."