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FBC Sandusky music minister celebrates decades of servicecomment (0)

July 1, 2010

Have you ever had something on your heart and the only way to express it was through song? Frank Jones has.

The minister of music at First Baptist Church, Sandusky, in Birmingham wanted to perform a concert during which he could sing whatever he wanted and explain what each song meant to him with no time constraints or other hindrances.

So Jones mentioned the idea to church leaders, and they decided that since he had spent 40 years in music ministry and 20 years at the Birmingham Baptist Association church, they would not only let him perform a concert but also turn it into something more.

On June 13, the church hosted 40 Years of Music and Memories. Jones was honored with a commemorative plaque and several letters that were read by Pastor Herman Pair.

Members of the churches Jones did supply or interim work in his first 20 years of ministry — Forest Hills Baptist Church, Fairfield; Fairview Baptist Church, Birmingham; and Cottage Hill Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove — were encouraged to attend the event.

While there were about 75 people in attendance, Roger and Sara Isbell and Ron and Charlotte Perkins were special guests. Jones credits Roger Isbell, who was the music minister at Forest Hills, Fairfield, and Sara Isbell, who led the children choirs at the same church, with directing him toward music beginning at a young age. Ron Perkins, the minister of music at Fairview Baptist, Birmingham, and Charlotte Perkins, Jones’ Sunday School teacher at Fairview, helped him launch his career when he was a newlywed.

Jones started the concert with older songs from the beginning of his career and included some of his son Brandon’s favorites. Brandon died of cancer in 2001, and the event was held on the ninth anniversary of the day he was buried, making it extra special to Jones. He ended the concert with one of his favorite songs, “It Is Well With My Soul,” which he sang at Brandon’s funeral.

“It was a real sweet service,” Mary Chance, a member of First, Sandusky, said.

A reception followed the event.

That same week, Jones had a cat scan after experiencing severe throat pain and doctors found a mass in his neck. There was a 60 percent chance of it being cancerous. At press time, he was scheduled to undergo surgery to remove the mass June 25.

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