“Ministers never retire, they just go out to pastor.” This old quip holds true for Phil Jones. After more than 40 years as a missionary, pastor and evangelist, Jones retired from fulltime ministry in California and relocated to Colorado. Now he coaches pastors in such skills as visitation, making altar calls and creating meaningful pastor Sabbath school classes.
“We are blessed to have Phil’s experience and enthusiasm,” said Eric Nelson, executive vice president for the Rocky Mountain Conference. “He has a passion for mentoring pastors who desire to see their churches grow. We are excited that he continues to share his gifts, even during retirement.”
Robert Coronado, pastor of The Edge Adventist Church in Thornton, Colorado and Chapel Haven Church in Northglenn, has benefited from Jones’ mentorship. “We went on a mission trip to India back in 2005,” says Coronado. “I highly recommend Phil’s expertise to any pastor.”
Jones says, “It’s important to be intentional. Pastors must be more than just administrators. We have to be ready to reach out to people, receive them, embrace them, and assimilate them into our church families. And those things don’t just happen by accident.”
To receive benefit from the experience of a seasoned evangelist, contact Jones through Rocky Mountain Conference headquarters at 303.733.3771.
By Mark Bond, communication director for Rocky Mountain Conference.