Our Founder, Rev. Leroy Jones, Jr.
The founder of Saving Grace Christian Bible Fellowship, Rev. Leroy Jones was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He was the first born child in a family of five that consisted of two younger brothers and two younger sisters. He was also the first born grandchild of a Baptist pastor.
He met and married the love of his life, Harriett. They became the proud parents of a son, Scotty, and a daughter,Cecily. Scotty married his lovely wife, Gabrielle on June 22nd, 2013, and in January of 2015, had his first born son, Asher. As of today, Scotty has three lovely children: Asher, Talia and the newest addition, Zuri. While Cecily is blessed with the love of her life Amleht ("Ammy").
Rev. Jones was formally educated as an Electrical Engineer at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Very early on, God blessed his life and career in mighty and magnificent ways by opening doors that would lead to successful collaborations with cutting edge technology. He was one of the original 30 engineers that founded the Compaq Computer Corporation in 1982. In 1991, he joined DELL where he spent the last 18 years of his engineering career. God's blessings are evidenced in his career by his playing very Integral roles with both of the top two most successful start up companies (Compaq and Dell) in the personal computer industry.
He was on the product development team of Compaq when they gained the number one PC manufacturing position from IBM, and on the product development team of Dell when they obtained the number one PC manufacturing position from Compaq.
For his technical contributions to the personal computer industry, Rev. Jones has been internationally recognized. He was awarded 'Black Engineer of the Year" at the annual conferences in Baltimore, MD in 1996, and also in 1998. He was recognized by the National Society of Black Engineers with the ' Pioneer of the Year" award in the year 2000, and he was a 2009 Dewey Winburne Community Service Award Nominee at the Austin South-by-Southwest Conference (SXSW 2009.) He has been the keynote speaker at numerous private and public events, private schools, and college campuses, Including the Granville Academy Millennium National Youth Conference, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Annual Scholarship Awards, and The University of Texas Technical Symposium. He has appeared in numerous printed publications such as Black Enterprise, Black Engineer and featured as a cover story on Minority Engineer Magazine.
Rev. Jones was awarded ten (10) personal computer technological patents registered with the United States Patent Office (USPO), many of which are still used today in personal computers. During his lifetime, his influence and expertise was very much ongoing in the Austin and Georgetown, Texas communities.
Throughout the years, while working as an engineer, Rev. Jones maintained a great zeal for God and His Word. He served in numerous capacities within the churches he attended, but yearned to do more. After hearing it for nearly all of his life, he finally answered God's call and entered into the ministry in 1996. He received a degree with honors in Pastoral Ministries from the Austin Baptist Academy in May of 2005. That same year, God led him and his wife, to open "Saving Grace Christian Bible Fellowship" in Georgetown, Texas.
Pastor Jones preached and taught a strong message of redemption, teaching that salvation through Jesus Christ offers the only real solution to the problems of today. He endeavored to reach as many people as God allowed with the Good News that Jesus died for all mankind. He taught that it was Jesus who paid the debt we owed (absolving us from sin) and that only through faith in Jesus are we able to be brought into a right relationship with God.
He continued serving at his church until his passing in July 2015, with the knowledge that he was where the Lord had led him. Rev. Jones' true passion was helping to lead people to the Lord for the salvation of their souls, seeing God's people baptized in the Holy Spirit and watching them grow victorious in genuine Christ like victories is the message taught and left with us as he transitioned to be with the Lord. His legacy and vision still continues on through his lovely wife, Pastor Harriett Jones. She continues to exemplify his vision through exhortation and the enlightening of the word of GOD.
Testimony of Rev. Leroy Jones
There are many testimonies that I could give expressing the goodness, mercy, and grace of God, but this is the one that I find the most profound.
I spent nearly 30 years designing personal computers and I always had the best health insurance. Therefore, I always made my annual visits to the doctor on time as my wife always stressed. We both labored to maintain a healthy eating lifestyle and practiced preventative medical care. This focus to detail became more prominent since my wife had suffered three life-threatening illness earlier in our marriage which prompted these lifestyle changes. Consequently, I opened Saving Grace before I retired and because of that I felt compelled to met with a financial adviser to ensure that my wife would continue to be well taken care of, if anything catastrophic should happen to me.
Some of the advice I received from the financial adviser I sought out was to take out more life insurance. In order to get more life insurance it would require me to delve deeper into the process of taking more extensive medical examinations. Thank GOD! Taking these examinations revealed that I had cancer of the liver and was now at stage 4 liver failure. For my wife and I to put this into proper perspective we learned that my condition was terminal without any indication of a transplant. When I questioned my doctor, of over 20 years of this shocking report, he responded that since I had always been so healthy and my numbers were only slightly off he felt there was really no need to be concerned. Obviously there was a serious liver issue.
According to man's report, a patient in this situation usually will expire while waiting for a liver that is compatible for transplant. Immediately I took my circumstances to the Lord in prayer where he led me to Psalms 118 where I read;
Psalm 118: 16-18
"The right hand of the Lord is exalted : the right hand of the Lord does valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. The Lord has chastened me severely: but He has not given me over to death ...
From that point on I received peace from GOD through this scripture. Although I started getting very sick, about July 2012 I found myself being hospitalized numerous times. As I laid in my hospital bed one December 2012, I was so sick I was ready to die. But my heart yearned to live long enough to see my children married, all my grandchildren being born and successfully graduating from high school.
My health was continuously declining and with my wife's help I was being kept alive through dally protein infusions and blood transfusions. On Sunday, December 23, 2012, at Saving Grace entered a Man of God by the name of Reverend Cyril Semple. He and his wife were visiting Saving Grace for the very first time., He was led to pray and lay hands on me at the alter. Five days later, Friday, December 28, 2012, I received a call from Baylor Transplant Hospital in Dallas telling me they found a compatible liver and I needed to get there within a six hour window. Thanks be to GOD I found myself on the operating table receiving a liver transplant which undoubtedly saved my life. Not only did I survive 2013, I am still going strong, at the time I am writing this testimony in 2014. I give God all of the glory!
Had I not listened to God when he led me to 411 S College Street to a very distressed building to plant this church, I would never have found out that I had liver problems until it was too late to do anything about it. Thus, I, the Senior Pastor and Founder of Saving Grace stand as the first formal miracle that GOD performed and prayerfully I will not be the last.
During my past 26 plus years of service in the church, I have witnessed GOD heal my wife over and over and I had heard many Christians give their testimonies that GOD is a healer. Today I can personally relate and give my testimony that GOD is faithful and he is who he says HE IS, he is our everything!
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