Our Founder, Rev. Leroy Jones, Jr.

Rev Leroy JonesThe 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 child, a son.

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'09.) He has been the keynote speaker at numerous private and public events, private schools, and college campuses, Including the Granvllle Academy Miiiennium National Youth Conference, the NSBE lath Annual Scholarship Awards, and The University ofTexas 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 2015, with the knowledge that he was where the Lord has led him. His 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.

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 vis ited my doctors on time and my wife and I always practiced preventative medical care. Consequently, when I retired, but before opening Saving Grace, I 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 adv ice I received from the adviser was to take out more life insurance. In order to get more life insurance would require that I take more medical examinations. Taking these examinations revealed that I was already in stage 4 liver failure. I was told that less than 10% of my liver was still functioning . To put this into proper perspective, stage 5 liver failure is terminal. When I questioned my doctor, of over 20 years, he responded that since I had always been so healthy he felt there was really no need to check my liver. Obviously there was a serious liver issue.

In the year 2010, I was told that unless I received a liver transplant, I would have less than two years to live. I was not supposed to live to see the year 2013. Less than 10% of the people in stage 4 liver failure survive. They usually die waiting for a liver that is compatible for transplant. I, of course, immediately took this to the Lord. He in turn 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 never worried about dying. I started getting very sick about July 2012. My birthday, September 21st, found me hospitalized . By December 2012 I was so sick I was ready to die, even though I had and still have the greatest desire to live long enough to see all my grandchildren graduate from high school {even though the first one hasn't been born yet!).

On Sunday, December 23, 2012, having been hospitalized several times since my birthday, I was being artificially kept alive through dally protein infusions and blood transfusions. This was the day I met a Man of God, and Elder of the Church, Rev. Semple. He was visiting Saving Grace for the first t ime, and he prayed for me. Five days later, on Friday, December 28, 2012, I received a call from Baylor Hospital in Oallas telling me they found a compatible liver and could I get there right away. On the final Saturday of 2012, I found myself on the operating table receiving a liver transplant which undoubtedly saved my life. Not only did I survive 2013, I am stlll going strong, at the time I write this in 2014. I give God all of the glory!

Had I not listened to God when he told me to start a new 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 Sr. Pastor and founder of Saving Grace stand as Its first miracle. There have been several others since then.

During my past 26+ years of service in the church, I have heard many give their testimonies of how the doctor said they were sick and they wouldn't get well. I could not relate to their testimonies because I had never been sick or spent a single night in the hospital until my liver problem. And once again God's Word proves Itself to be true.

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