Pastor Raymond Spencer Jones
Published 12:54 pm Friday, January 6, 2017
Pastor Raymond Spencer Jones believed that taking care of “the flock,” ministering to the sick and downtrodden, was his most important calling in life. And indeed, his greatest strength was connecting with people in need.
In his 92 years of life, Ray Jones served 10 churches from Kentucky to Ohio, California and back again. He took pride in starting 5 new churches during his career and led several building programs in others. He conducted stewardship campaigns in 3 states, held revivals from coast to coast and organized rallies in the L.A. area to raise money for a hospital in Zimbabwe.
Ray received training for the ministry from KY Christian College and Cincinnati Bible Seminary, where he graduated. His first full time ministry was in Hamilton, Ohio at the North 7th St. Church of Christ — and many years later concluded his ministry at that same church. His larger ministries were at First Christian Church in Dodge City, Kansas, and the Knott Ave. Christian Church in Anaheim, CA. For many years he also lead the Westside Church of Christ congregation in Hamilton, the Forest Dale Church of Christ in Springdale, Ohio, North Orange Christian Church in CA, as well as the Ferry Church in Waynesville, OH. After his formal retirement in 1991, Ray served as interim Minister at churches in Oxford and Bellbrook, OH.
He is survived by 3 children: Daughter, Dawn Kusumoto (husband Dr. Walter Kusumoto and son, Justis) from Chico, CA, Son, Daniel Spencer Jones (wife Lisa and daughter, Kayla) from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Son, Randall Kevin Jones (wife Barbara and son, Samson) from Stamford, CT, Daughter, Lisa Kay, was lost as a newborn (only 3 days old).
He was responsible for bringing thousands of people to Christ through his work.
Born in Winchester, KY on July 24, 1924, Ray was the oldest son of Jodie Spencer Jones and Laura Pearl Epperson. He had 2 younger brothers, Lloyd and Stanley Jones, who like him, served as Ministers of the Gospel, before themselves going to be with the Lord.
Visitation will be held on Sunday January 8, 2017 at the Community Christian Church, 3401 Millikin Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011 from 2pm to 4pm. Funeral Ceremony will follow at 4pm at the church with Pastor Scott Swelbar and Minister David Hargrave officiating.
Interment will be held at 11:30am on Monday January 9, 2017 at Winchester Cemetery, Winchester, Kentucky.