Every Friday, Baptist Women in Ministry introduces you to an amazing woman minister, and today, we are proud to introduce you to Jewel London.
Jewel, tell us about where and how are you currently serving in ministry.
I serve the wonderful congregation of Brookhollow Baptist Church, affectionately known as “The Church Without Walls”, in Houston, Texas. I am the pastoral assistant to Dr. Ralph Douglas West. In this role, I support the pastor in fulfilling the vision of the church by giving leadership to special projects, ministry initiatives and teams, including Kerygma, a ministry of support for those who are called to preach; the Deacon Family Life Ministry, which is as an extension of the pastor in meeting the needs of the congregation; the Liturgical Team, which designs and plans all the worship services for all of our campuses; and the Baby Dedication Ministry, which assists families through the process of dedicating their children. I also oversee the ordinances of baptism and communion.
What are some of your past ministry experiences and roles?
I served as an associate minister at St. Stephen Baptist Church here in Houston, assisting the campus minister of one of the satellite locations. I served on advisory councils and boards of non-profit organizations, taught Sunday school and Bible study, conducted visitations at transitional living facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes, counseled and mentored ministerial candidates, facilitated Angel Tree Ministry, hosted several prison crusades, and ministered to women on death row, closed custody, and Ad-Seg.
What do you love best about your current ministry position?
I have the rare and unusual opportunity of sitting at the feet of a pastor with great vision, one who desires to reach more souls for Christ, gives diligent study to the scriptures, and absolutely loves preaching and teaching. Because of vision, I have been able to use my gifts in remarkable ways (even those I did not know I had). This ministry role has afforded me the wonderful joy of being able to touch the lives of many by touching the lives of few—that is through loving, serving, supporting, and mentoring leaders who in turn minister to the needs of our members.
Who was the first woman minister you ever met?
The first woman minister I ever met was Evangelist King. She was on fire for Jesus, and she was a mighty, mighty prayer warrior. She believed there was nothing too hard for God. As I reflect back now, I can see how the seeds of prayer she planted in me over twenty years ago helped groom me into the minister I am today.
What is the best ministry advice you have ever received?
“It is important that people who were made to make a difference, make a difference. It is not by your ability, but by the spirit of God within you . . . Make a difference where you are because you will never pass this way again.”–Pastor Dianne Dabney