Meet the Campus Pastor of UL Wesley Foundation
posted on July 25
My name is Jamelle Jones. I am the new campus pastor at the University of Louisville Wesley Foundation. Appointed to the Wesley Foundation position July 1, 2022. I recently moved to Louisville, Kentucky for the first time in my life, and I am immersing into the culture (deep diving) rather quickly. I have found many United Methodist Churches and other local churches in the city and surrounding areas, and I am looking forward to getting connected and partnering. I have been in meetings with several pastors, lay people, volunteers, and several people that have been impacted by the relationships from Wesley Foundations. For those of you that I have not met, I am looking forward to the day when we sit down over coffee and discuss our dreams, ambitions, Holy Spirit callings, and partnership together.
All things new. All things exciting.
I was raised in West Carrollton, Ohio (greater Dayton area). The Spirit of God took residency in my heart when I was a sophomore in high school. What led to this outcome was the sacred work of family and friends that steered me in the direction of faith in Jesus, and the Holy Spirit did the rest of the work. Family, friends, and several church communities all loved me and told me about the goodness of God. Because of their pursuit of wanting me to know Jesus as Lord and their willingness to trust the Holy Spirit, God lit a fire inside of me that changed the direction of my life. The fire that God shut up in my bones could not be contained.
I became the leader of my high school's Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS) ministry, led my youth group as an acting youth pastor, led bible studies by combining different churches youth groups, created a youth group, spoke at various churches in the Dayton area, and continued to pursue Jesus relentlessly. God was merciful to me while I stumbled through the decisions I made while attempting to live a life worthy of the gospel. I believe God ordained each step and added people around me to move in faith. That fire never ceased.
I left my hometown, attended, and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. During my senior year of college, the Holy Spirit made it clear I was supposed to leave Kentucky to lead a specific student ministry in Texas. I pursued the calling while finishing classes and graduating from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), receiving a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a minor in Middle Eastern religions. While in Texas, I started and finished my Masters of Arts at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
After several conversations with the Lord, he allowed me to come back to Kentucky to be closer to my family, whom live in Ohio. At that point, in my life, I had been working in youth ministry, as a youth pastor for a decade plus before discerning a call to leave youth ministry. The Holy Spirit guided me through the process of Licensed Local Pastor, and then soon after, I was appointed to the University of Louisville Wesley Foundation.
I look forward to the opportunity to sit down with you over coffee and talk for a long time about all the nuance and wonder in life.
In love & service,
Campus Pastor of the Wesley Foundation
Louisville, KY 40217