On Aug. 15 Myrtle First Baptist Church voted to call Earl Jones as their new pastor.
Jones is currently serving at Southside Baptist Church in Charleston, Mo., and has previously served churches in Illinois, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Lanton, Mo.
Pastor Jones is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Ill., and Gulf Coast Seminary of Panama City, Fla.
Pastor Jones along with his wife, Sue, and youngest daughter, Jessica, will move to Myrtle during September.
Jessica will be a senior at Couch High School. In addition, the Jones' have three other daughters. Sheri, a surgical nurse in Hollywood, Fla., Kary, a head start teacher in Green Bay, Wis., and Lisa, operates a landscaping business in Bowling Green, Ky. The Jones' also have 12 grand children.
Pastor Jones has been blind from birth but this has not stopped him from accomplishing many things in his 35 year career as a pastor. "If I want to do something, I just try," he said. "In many things I have been successful and some things I have tried have been a real disaster, like the time my brother tried to teach me to drive."
Pastor Earl will be available to speak about blindness, Braille and other related topics to school groups, civic groups, or any group that may need a program speaker.
Pastor Jones and his family will arrive in Myrtle on Sept. 13 and his first services with the church will be the Wednesday Bible study on Sept. 19 and regular Sunday services on Sept. 23. Regular services at the church are: Sunday school, 10 a.m., Sunday worship at 11 a.m., and 6 p.m., and Wednesday Bible study at 6 p.m. The phone number is 417-938-4739.
"We just want to serve God by serving the people of Myrtle," said Jones. "We will make home, hospital and nursing home visits in the area. Just let us know that someone needs a pastoral visit."
Myrtle First Baptist Church invites the community to join them in welcoming their new pastor and family. "The best welcome we could have in Myrtle would be for those who have drifted away from the church to return where they belong and for the residents to visit our services where they will be welcome."