After nearly ten years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Blue Ridge, TX, I had to resign in August 2008, due to a chronic nerve condition referred to as postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN. PHN, a complication of shingles that manifests itself in chronic nerve pain. In June 2007, I was diagnosed with shingles on my head, ear, face, and neck. Two months later, the severe pain remained and I was put in the hospital for a week. The pain from PHN affected my ability to interact in meetings with groups of people (e.g.: deacons and budget meetings, etc.) and to speak or preach with spontaneity. My left ear became extremely sensitive to noise at certain levels and also created some instability in my walk. The severity of the pain is currently kept in check with nerve and pain medications. I have also undergone laser neuropathy treatments.
After a year of unemployment, I formed a new ministry called, His Abounding Grace Ministries, Inc. (2 Cor. 9:8) Many pastors allowed me to come and preach for them to share my testimony about chronic pain and how I overcame it. My heart's passion and burden is to encourage the church to be all she can be for the glory of God, and discipling all followers of Jesus unto spiritual maturity.
Kidney cancer came in 2018. By God's grace, it was caught early and removed. Several of my doctors said I was a lucky man because the cancer was detected in Stage 1 (Type 2) before it metastasized. I know nothing about luck; I know it was a God thing for me to be healed of cancer. While disabled, God allowed me to write numerous books and novels. You can preview them at www.johnnierjones.com. Please check them out.
I now pastor at Chestnut Community Church, 309 N. Chestnut Street, McKinney, TX 75069. God's abounding grace has been sufficient for all things and experiences.
In His Abounding Grace, yours,
Johnnie R. Jones