On March 28, member of Mt. Caramel Deliverance Center caravanned from their old location in Port Wentworth and moved into their new sanctuary at 200 Stokes Ave. in Rincon.
The church was established March 9, 2003, and members held services in the Holiday Inn Express in Port Wentworth for six years. Now they have their own beautiful sanctuary. With a seating capacity of 500, there is plenty of room for worship.
“We started with 22 members and now have 250 members,” said Bishop Julian Jones. Jones serves as pastor of Mt. Carmel Deliverance Center, Mt. Carmel Holiness in Riceboro and Mt. Carmel Tabernacle of Faith in Hinesville. “Rincon is one of the fastest growing cities in Georgia. The church is in a prime location to grow with the community,” Jones said.
“The bank was reluctant to give a loan to a church that had not been in existence very long, but God gave us favor. It took about 18 months to build the sanctuary. This is just the initiation of the vision God has given,” Jones said. “I am excited and humbled that God has allowed us to accomplish such a task in a short period of time. I am willing to move forward with the remaining vision.”
The church has a prayer room and will house a future youth tutorial program.
“That construction should be completed in about six months,” Jones said.
The sanctuary will serve as the headquarters for Higher Dimensions Christian Fellowship. Jones founded Higher Dimensions in 2007, and serves as the presiding bishop. The organization has eight churches throughout Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.
During the dedication service, Bishop Moses Lewis of Savannah was the keynote speaker. Bishop James H. Howell of Tampa, Fla., and Jones served as officiating officers.
“We are strengthening, upbuilding and equipping local churches, bringing them into compliance with God’s will and governmental policies,” Jones said. His churches have a family Bible study and a teaching ministry geared toward families.
“My vision is to build strong family units that would be empowered to go to the community to win the lost for Christ. I am inspired when I see people getting saved, delivered and made whole through the power of Christ,” he said.
A man of God, Jones has a hectic schedule and travels extensively, preaching in the surrounding areas, other states and overseas.
He has a weekly Friday radio broadcast on WTLD (90.5 FM) in Jesup from 12:15-12:45 p.m., and on 100.1 FM every Sunday from 9:30-10 a.m.
Jones and his wife, Renee, live in Hinesville. They are the parents of two boys, Jonathan and Elijah. His wife and children participate in the ministry. Renee sings and teaches while the boys play the drums.