Welcome To Our Site

Welcome To Our Site

Reverends Robert and Gloria Jones have had a long distinguished career with Christ Gospel Churches. They were both natives of Florida, but moved to Jeffersonville to study at the Christ Gospel Church Bible Institute in the 1960s.

After completing their studies, they became ordained ministers in 1969. They began pastoring in Beaumont, Texas, where they served until 1983. When they first arrived at Beaumont, the membership consisted of less than twenty people. Membership grew fast under their tenure, and it reached 350 people by the time they left. The church’s rapid growth also required the construction of an entirely new building, which the Joneses had completely paid off before departing.

In January of 1984, they moved to the St. Petersburg area of Florida. At first, they rented space from other places and held services in other churches. However, as African-American pastors, they still found it difficult to purchase a building in certain areas of Florida, which were still “all white” at that time, and many people were still resistant to allowing African-Americans into the neighborhood – even if it were merely to preach the Word of God.

Rev. B. R. Hicks, affectionately described as Sister Hicks, came to St. Petersburg, along with her daughter Beverly, who was a real estate agent, to assist them in getting property. Sister Hicks, who never tolerated segregation in her church, led the effort to secure the property for Christ Gospel Church of Pinellas Park, and the Joneses have been pastoring there ever since.

About Our Church

About Our Church

After studying at the Christ Gospel Church Bible Institute for a year and six months, in November 1969 we were ordained and commissioned to pastor in Beaumont, Texas, where we served as pastors until the end of December 1983.

The membership when we arrived in Beaumont was less than twenty. But by the Grace of God, our services and the sincere efforts of the saints, we paid off the existing church mortgage. Our leader, Reverend B. R. Hicks admonished that there be much fasting, praying, praising and preaching with gratitude, and church attendance increased to the point that we needed more space.

The building at 1425 Roberts Avenue was sold and the funds provided a down payment for the larger forty-thousand dollar ($40,000.00) facilities located at 3221 & 3227 Highland Avenue. The properties included More