Oak Park UMC Pastor Bobby Jones Honored at Annual Black Expo Glory Awards
The Rev. Robert "Bobby" Jones, pastor of Sacramento's Oak Park United Methodist Church, was one of five African American faith and spiritual leaders honored at this year's Annual Black Expo Glory Awards on February 27 at the Sacramento Convention Center.
The Sacramento OBSERVER Media Group honors prominent African American faith leaders for their extraordinary guidance and inspiration in the Black community.
This year's theme, "The Era of Change is Here," referenced the election of America's first African American President, Barack Obama, in a gathering that celebrated and recognized the accomplishments achieved through decades of determined struggle.
"I was very surprised and very humbled to have received this award," Jones commented. "I really didn't think I was doing anything remarkable. I'm only doing the work God called me to do - to do as Christ did - to reach out to people, to empower them, and to have an impact in their lives and to minister to the whole person."
Jones tries to find creative ways to minister to his congregation and the community at large. Through his participation in such things as Habitat for Humanity, WE Connect Sundays, and workshops (tax preparation, health screenings, etc.), he is a driving force in bringing empowerment and education to individuals and families in his church and his community.
"I strive to be a transformational leader, not only inside my church but outside - and in everything I do. By building a body of faith and a community of faith, I am doing what disciples of Christ were meant to do."
For Jones, it all comes down to perspective.
"Don't focus on what we don't have in our lives - focus on what we do have - Christ! It makes all the difference in the world," he says.
The other Glory Awards recipients are Rev. Darryl Heath of St. John's Baptist Church, Rev. Tyrone Hicks of St. Andrew's African American Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Albert Galbraith, Jr., and community advocate and missionary Willa Kern.