Spirit of Service AwardPastor Louis Jones, Jr.
Pastor Louis Jones, Jr. was born in Ferriday, Louisiana, December 16th, to Louis and Evelyn Jones. He was born into a very strong Christian family. His father was a Deacon of the Church and a popular quartet singer and his mother served as a missionary. As a child, Louis loved and admired his father's gospel singing, which undoubtedly influenced his later love for music. As a young man, he traveled with his father throughout Louisiana and Texas singing in quartets. Following in his father's footsteps, he has established a name for himself as a fiery and anointed gospel singer.
Pastor Jones moved his family to San Jose, California in 1966 and joined Emmanuel Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor George Smith. It was during his Deaconship at Emmanuel that God gave him an added responsibility. He was appointed not only to sing the gospel, but to preach the gospel as well. After yielding to the call, he began his theological studies at the San Jose Bible College, Northern California Bible College and Golden Gate Seminary. In 1978, Pastor Jones was inspired by God to organize a church. He responded to God's challenge and founded the True Vine Baptist Church. In 1986, he received and accepted the Vision from God to purchase land in order to build a new Sanctuary. During the construction process, Pastor Jones served as Foreman and General Contractor. The True Vine celebrated New Years Day 1995 in their new home. In July 1999, he received a commendation and tribute from Mayor Ron Gonzales and in September 1999, Pastor Jones was presented "Clergy of the Year Award" from the 100 Black Men of Silicon Valley. In 2010, Pastor Jones celebrates his Thirty-Second year as Pastor and Founder of the Truevine Baptist Church.
Pastor Jones embraces community service. He and his congregation have sponsored various projects which include St. James Park Homeless Food Project, Families in Crisis Shelter Ministry, Aris of Santa Clara Aids Patients Outreach Project, The American Lung Association's Project Unity Program, Community Outreach Food Distribution Program and Overcomer's Support Group.
Pastor Jones continues to be a pillar of the community. He is a member of the South Bay Christian Minister's Union and served as President for six years. He has served on the San Jose State University President's Advisory Council and is one of the three founding Pastors of the Silicon Valley Faith-based Coalition. He is also a member of the San Jose Mission Council.