The mission of Gospel For Africa is Teaching The Word Of God, Preaching Salvation, Making Disciples and Planting Churches. We serve the poor and needy, through medical missions, helping with practical needs like clean water, food, clothing and shelter, life skills, literacy training and of course leading people to faith in Jesus Christ through evangelism outreach.
Both Chris and Noelle became Christians in 1978 on opposite sides of the world. They have been serving the Lord continually these many years and now serve together on the leadership team for Gospel For Africa. They have one son who grew up on the mission field in Africa and now attends university in the USA. They live in Gagnoa, Côte d’Ivoire, a western central region, 5 hours drive from the Atlantic Ocean.
Christopher Jones, President and
Founder of Gospel For Africa
Pastor Chris is an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has been faithfully serving the Lord since 1978. Before being called to full time missions in Africa, Chris served for over 30 years in the body of Christ. During those years the Holy Spirit trained Chris while he served as a Deacon, Elder, Missions Director, Church Administrator and Assistant Pastor.
Chris was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in South Florida. He was founder and President of two successful businesses in South Florida from 1980 to 2004. He attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale , graduating with honors in Marketing and Graphic Arts and received a Web Masters Degree from Florida Atlantic University. He is bilingual, speaking english and french.
Noelle Jones, Vice President and
Co-founder of Gospel For Africa
Noelle was born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. She immigrated to America where she met Chris. Noelle has been serving in the body of Christ since 1978. She has led Evangelism Outreach, Neighborhood Prayer Groups, Adult Women’s Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Children’s Ministry for many years.
Noelle earned a Masters Degree in Chemistry and has worked in the petroleum industry and food products processing industry in Africa. In America she worked as a public school teacher and college professor teaching chemistry, physics, science and biology. She is trilingual, speaking english french and Bété (African tribal dialect).
What prepared you to go?
People ask Pastor Chris and Noelle, what prepared them most for doing missionary church planting work in Africa. They respond, serving faithfully in the church of Jesus Christ for over 30 years under great leaders and with brothers and sisters who were sold out for Jesus Christ. Theoretical teaching in seminaries is good for gaining biblical knowledge and is necessary, but knowledge alone puffs up. It is working out that knowledge through practical serving in the body of Christ that prepares you for effective service.
Gospel For Africa began in the year 2000 when Pastor Chris received the call to go to West Africa. God confirmed that calling through short term mission trips to West Africa. From 2002 to 2004 there was war in the Côte d’Ivoire. The Jones family was forced to wait until the political situation calmed down enough to move there in 2007 and they remain there full time until the present. In 2010 another war broke out and many people were killed and thousands displaced. During that time the Jones family was used by the Lord to plant a church of over 900 adults and children in a refugee camp the border of Ghana. That church is still operating today. Two more churches have been planted in the Abidjan area and a third is underway in the Gagnoa region.
Both Chris and Noelle became Christians in 1978. They have been serving the Lord continually these many years. They now serve together on the leadership team for Gospel For Africa. Chris was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in South Florida. Noelle was born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. She immigrated to America where she met Chris. They have one son who attends university in the USA. They live in Gagnoa, Côte d’Ivoire, a western central region, 5 hours drive from the Atlantic Ocean.
Teaching God’s Word
We teach the Word of God in French and English, verse by verse in context, making it easy to understand. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we do our best to make the Bible relevant to the daily life of every person. It is wonderful to see God’s people grasping His Word and growing in love, joy, peace, perseverance and patience.
Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
To teach the Word of God you must first preach to the unconverted. Our great passion is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who will listen. Many people have never heard that their sins are forgiven freely by the grace of God through faith in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. It brings us so much joy to see thousands of our African brothers and sisters coming to faith in Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:13-15 – For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “ How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
The beginning of the Christian life is salvation. Then the new followers of Jesus Christ must be given instruction and time to grow in faith. Gospel For Africa provides such an environment for new believers. Every church we plant is a place where all Christians can grow in God’s Word. We stress practical daily application, providing opportunities for all to serve in the Church and community.
Serving the local community – Gospel For Africa is presently developing 16.5 acres of land in Gagnoa, Côte d’Ivoire. It includes mission housing, Bible School, Village K-12 Christian School, Dormitories, Vocational Trade School, Medical Clinic and a Multi-purpose meeting hall. Our prayer is that many graduates will go out and start new Churches, making many disciples in Africa.