One of the truly great statesmen of the church has completed his earthly sojourn. Bishop Ozro Thurston Jones, Jr., went from labor to reward Wednesday, January 9th, 2008, leaving a void in the hearts of many who loved this highly educated and equally highly spiritual son of the church. Although his voice has been silent in recent years because of his illness, his legacy lingers quietly under the surface.
He served a generation as the editor of the Young People Willing Workers' topics. Many of us were instructed in the way of Holiness through those powerful and relevant YPWW lessons. He understood that the future of the church resided in the youth. And that it was of the utmost importance that those youth understood this church and the doctrines of sanctification and holiness. It was in YPWW that I learned that we (COGIC) were a "
YPWW was more than a gathering of young people, it was a gathering for young people. I remember the Late Bishop E. E. Hamilton at Emanuel COGIC in
I think it would be a fitting tribute to Bishop Jones’ memory for the church to make a compilation of those YPWW lessons to this current generation of youth.
Our prayers go out to the jurisdiction, local church and family of Bishop O. T. Jones, Jr.
Supt. Steve Lester
Marietta, GA 30061