PALESTINE — The Assembly of God Church of Glad Tidings in Palestine has some glad tidings to report with the addition of Wesley and Holly Jones to their youth ministry staff.
The couple officially joined the parsonage in September 2013 and said they've since been working to nurture and build meaningful relationships with area youths, including the dozen or so that meet Wednesdays at the church.
In an interview with the Herald-Press, the two said they are excited to meet more of Palestine and told how they both had hearts for ministry, having grown up in evangelistic families.
Holly, 27, daughter of Rick and Terri Smith, was born and raised in Palestine.
“My father was an evangelist,” she said. “We've been on the road traveling from state to state to state since I was a little girl.”
Wesley, 26, son of Scott and Tina Jones of Missouri, also grew up in a ministry-minded family and was a friend of Holly's brother Zach, who is a gifted musician.
The Smiths relocated to Nashville so Zach could play guitar with Southern Gospel group The Crabb Family, and Holly tried her hand at cosmetology school. But something was missing, she said.
“I had a year at Paul Mitchell (the School) in Nashville, and that was just for aesthetic skin therapy,” Holly said. “And I did work at a spa in Nashville, but ministry just kept coming back.”
“We lived the exact same life, just different states, because my family was traveling and did revivals for some 13 years in Missouri,” Wesley said. “It's amazing how much our lives are similar.”
The two struck up a friendship as young adults, and marriage followed in October 2010.
When Holly's father acquired a pastoral position at Flynn Assembly of God, the two said they felt led to return to Holly's roots in the Lone Star State.