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Jones retires after 28 years at Dawson Memorial comment (0)

May 1, 2014

By Leigh Pritchett

Jones retires after 28 years at Dawson Memorial

Jan Jones was teaching fourth-grade Sunday School at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham, and loved it. 

When the children’s minister at the church had to move, Jones was asked to be the interim children’s minister.

Twenty-eight years later — on April 13, 2014 — Jones retired from Dawson Memorial Baptist.

For the first eight years on staff at the church, she was minister to children. Then, for 20 years, she was minister of education.

Being able to serve God and serve through the church “always brought me joy. (It was) a joyful way to live,” Jones said.

Her church celebrated her years of service with a reception April 13. “Jan had a great amount of energy, passion and creativity that contributed to our ministry,” Pastor Gary Fenton said. He noted Jones’ commitment to Sunday School and Bible study and added Dawson Memorial is a better church as a result of her ministry.

Jones’ ministry was marked by such activities as holding Vacation Bible School off-site to encourage community participation and establishing an additional Sunday School time.

Although she has retired from her staff position, she already has identified areas where she will minister. This summer, she will teach in preschool Sunday School and, in the fall, third-grade Sunday School. She also plans to assist with the church’s homebound ministry.

In addition, she wants to become involved in Kairos Outside, a ministry to women who have an incarcerated family member.

As for other service opportunities, Jones said, “I’m going to pray a lot and see where God leads me.”

Jones and her husband, Dale, have two daughters and four grandchildren. 

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