Church History: Judah Ministries was organized by Elder Montez O. Jones on November 15, 2002. Judah began meeting in the home of Shepherd Mother Felicia Jones – Thomas with several charter members such as Deacon Kensworth Griffith, Dana Robinson, Minister Vaughn McCuller, Minister Eileen Hyden & Family, Pedra Hall, Vickie Harris & Family, Nick Reed, Eshmon Butler and Angela Johnson & Family.
Apostle Vertise Rozier of New Generations Outreach Ministries International (NGOMI) was instrumental in the formation of Judah. It was during the End of The Year Conference 2002, being held in Millville, NJ that Apostle Rozier laid hands and officially appointed Elder Jones as pastor. The presence of God was so powerful that soon after the conference thirty souls were added to Judah.
Judah held its first service on Sunday, December 15, 2002 at the St. Paul AME Church in Coatesville, PA. Rev. Ethel Moore was generous towards our small congregation. Through prayer and fasting, Judah later moved to Holy Community COGIC, Elder Timothy Creekmur, Pastor. Services were held every Sunday at 3:00 PM.
Nine months later, on September 7, 2003 Judah would move to 809 E. Lincoln Hwy, affectionately known as “809”. A dedication service was held for the new edifice. The church was fully furnished and Judah did not have to pay any of the expense. Many souls were saved, set free and delivered at “809”. Pastor Jones birthed the 6 AM Daily Miracle Prayer Meetings which attracted countless souls. The infamous “Praise Time at Judah” youth rally’s which served as a catalyst to win scores of youth to Christ.
On, July 20, 2004, Elder Jones called a business meeting with the leadership of Judah and Bishop J. Bass of Harrisburg, PA. From this meeting the board of directors was formed and Judah established bylaws. Judah Ministries became incorporated and set up as a 501(c)3 Corporation.
Since that time Judah has been going forward in the work of The Lord. We have had our share of trials and struggles. We have experienced a few setbacks as we pursued a larger and more permanent home. However, we never lost our praise or purpose.
God has blessed Judah Ministries to become one of Coatesville’s fastest growing outreach ministries. We currently have active youth, music, missions, evangelism, bible study, hospital, nursing home, prison, community feeding, marriage, men’s, women and prayer ministries fully functioning.
We moved into our current edifice, 840 E. Chestnut St. on Sunday, November 1, 2015. Several ministers have come out of Judah and two have begun pastoring churches abroad. To God be all the GLORY!
Pastor’s Bio: Elder Montez O. Jones is known as a man of character, integrity, and vision. Born June 23, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Elder Jones is the eldest son of the late Montez E. Carter and Missionary Felicia C. Jones – Thomas.
He is a 1996 graduate of Overbrook High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was ordained as an Evangelist while attending The Jamison School of Ministry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of The Community Impact Institute of Philadelphia in 1999. Elder Jones is currently enrolled at The Prestigious Regent University, pursuing a Bachelor of Art in Biblical & Theological Studies. He received his Ministerial License to preach in 1998 and ordained as an Elder in 2001. He received the Certificate of Pastoral Care offered through The University of Pennsylvania, while completing the ordination process of The Historic Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. He received additional ministerial credentials in 2008 by Bishop Benjamin J. Ravenel.
As a man with a God-given mission for ministering to the whole man; sprit, mind, and body, upon receiving his ministerial license he was promoted as an associate minister by Bishop Clarence Lewis, III and organized the Outreach Ministry of his home church, First Calvary Church of God In Christ, Coatesville, PA. Through his community focused leadership this ministry served such agencies as Chester County AIDS Support Services, The Chester County Prison, 400 Oak Street Senior Center, Open Arms Transformation Center, The Convoy of Hope and most importantly the 6 AM Daily Prayer Service.
In obedience to the Lord’s call upon his life, Elder Jones established the Judah Ministries Church of God in Christ, Coatesville, PA on November 15, 2002. He also established the New Community Christian Church and served as its Senior Pastor from November 2007- November 2009.
Elder Jones also serves in the Coatesville District and the office of Bishop Benjamin J. Ravenel as an Adjutant Brother, Commonwealth of PA Jurisdiction of the Church Of God In Christ. Currently, he serves the office of the Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake as an Adjutant Brother, International Church of God In Christ. Pastor Jones serves as a Chaplin for the City of Coatesville’s Police Department, City Council Chaplain and former Weed and Seed Steering Committee Member. Pastor has been appointed as the Spiritual Advisor of the CYWA Samara House which is a homeless shelter for displaced mothers and children, the Virtuous Sisters & Anointed Brothers for Christ Ministry.
In May of 2016, Elder Jones established the Oak Street Community Development Corporation. He founded the CDC to expand the outreach and neighborhood development ministries of Judah Ministries in the face of mounting problems of poverty and injustice in the surrounding community. The CDC was incorporated as a nonprofit organization to bring together people and resources to help develop the Coatesville community.
Elder Jones launched his highly successful radio broadcasting ministry as the Co- Host of “The People’s Heartline” on local radio station, 1420 AM WCOJ. Countless souls were saved and uplifted by his energetic preaching, praying, and music.
As a gospel music recording artist, Pastor recorded his first lead song “Holy and Righteous” at the 81st Annual Holy Convocation of the Commonwealth of PA Church of God in Christ in 2001, under the direction of the Late Sister Kitty Parham. At the young age of 18 years old, he was given the honor of recording (3) songs with the Legendary Evangelist Dorothy Norwood, which were featured on her hit CD, “Hattie B’s Daughter”, in May of 2007! Elder Jones has been apart of the award winning “Wilmington Chester Mass Choir” for over 18 years. By the time Pastor Jones reached 25 years of age, he had contributed to over 20 successful gospel music recordings. Earning a Grammy Award nomination in 2000, inducted into The 2008 International Gospel Music Hall of Fame, numerous Stellar Award nominations, and two Stellar Awards in 2011, to God be the glory! His dedication to spreading the gospel thru song has allowed him to minister on several international platforms from Gospel in Paradise in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, the 2000 Republican National Convention, The Bobby Jones Gospel Show, Rev. James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of America, Gospel Today’s Gospel Music Heritage Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and countless others. He is a member of the International Music Department of the Church of God in Christ, under the direction of Dr. Judith C. McAllister. He sings with the C.H. Mason Mass Choir and the Send Judah First Praise Team. It is because of his charismatic praise and unwillingness to compromise his Pentecostal upbringing that Pastor Jones has been called upon by the legendary “Patti Labelle” in a studio session to lay hands and pray for her in Jesus name.
Although, Elder Jones is vigilant at fulfilling his pastoral duties within his local church and community, he enthusiastically found time to record yet another gospel music recording, entitled “He’ll Make A Way”.
Elder Jones has been the recipient of many honors, awards, and recognitions for his civic and ecumenical services. He has been featured on the nationally televised “Greg Davis Show” on The Impact Network. Elder Jones is the proud father of two sons, Zane & Anthony. He has one grandson, Za’kei. Elder Jones favorite scripture is Psalm 43: 5 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
Our vision is based on biblical principles. At Judah Ministries, we endeavor to serve in the spirit of excellence with integrity and compassion for our community. It is our passion to reach the lost, the broken, and the rejected.
Our heartbeat is to minister and serve with the utmost level of dignity and respect. Judah Ministries atmosphere inspires maximum participation while molding effective accountability and leadership. Our vision is to build a city that reflects Godly principles, moral servitude, and a holistic mindset. Our vision encompasses meeting the spiritual, mental, social, and economic needs of all people.
Judah Ministries Church of God in Christ seeks to be a Bible based ministry of excellence designed to encourage a Christ centered and transformed life through our threefold purpose:
Building Personal Faith and Godly Acceptance
Healing, Restoring and Celebrating the Family Structure
Providing Life Enhancing Times of Fellowship & Community Involvement
“Faith, Family, Fellowship – WELCOME HOME”
“Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.”
Psalm 133:1, 3
Judah Ministries Church of God in Christ
840 E. Chestnut Street
Coatesville, PA 19320
PO Box 735 – Mailing
Sunday – Sunday School 10:00 AM
Morning Worship 11:00 AM
Wednesday – Bible Study 7:00 PM