Staff Evangelist - Lighthouse Baptist Church
Bro. 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 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 alter 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.
Bro. 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 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.
Bro 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.
God gave Bro. Russell his beautiful wife Amanda in
Dec. 2007, and the Lord has blessed them with two children, son
David Leland Jones born Oct 25th 2009 and daughter Zoe Francis
Jones born Dec 26th 2012.
Bro. 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."