Rev. Matt Jones
Matt has served as Associate Pastor for the congregation since 2011 and is currently focused on congregational care. He began his journey with First Presbyterian Church as a visitor in 1998 and joined in 1999. He served from 1998-2003 as musician, vocalist and worship leader in the contemporary worship services. He sensed God’s call to pursue a Master of Divinity degree through Fuller Theological Seminary and graduated in 2007. After serving a congregation in Oklahoma City for four years, Matt was called to First Presbyterian Church of Edmond. He and his wife, Gayle, have four grown-up children and enjoy living near downtown Edmond. Matt concentrates on helping people experience the deep love of Christ.
An Excerpt from the FPCE 2015 Annual Report
Written by: Rev. Matt Jones
For this grateful pastor, ministry at First Presbyterian Church in 2015 encompassed many different areas. The early part of the year was spent helping the Session and staff on the church budget, stewardship and ministry, the nominating committee on officer nominees, and deacon and elder candidates in their training and examination.
For the last six months of 2015 I have been allowed to focus an increasing amount of attention on pastoral care. This empowered me to make visits to members in hospitals and assisted living centers. I also served as a resource to the Board of Deacons, attending meetings and giving training for things such as home-bound communion. I serve on the Stephen Ministry leadership team and have been busy with pastoral counseling for members of the church.
My general pastoral duties included fourteen Sundays of the year, on which I preached from the pulpit. I served as liturgist in worship numerous times. I led several small groups over the course of the year. I presided at a few weddings and over a dozen memorial services in 2015.
Session committees for which I was a resource during the year were: Christian Connections, Communications, Finance and Property, Personnel, and Denominational Relations.
Words from Ephesians 2:10 are a great reminder for me and, I hope, for you: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”