Spirit of Life Choir’s director holds the baton for 32 years
Pastor Avery Jones: “I want to do what is pleasing in Jesus’s sight”
Gigi Tinsley | 9/19/2013, 9 a.m.
Pastor Avery Jones, founder/director/CEO of the renown Spirit of Life Choir, has been singing, playing the piano and keyboards since he was a youngster but he says his focus has changed a lot since then.
“When I was about 6 or 7, I was happy and jubilant when I was allowed to imitate the late, great, secular icon, Michael Jackson,” Jones said. “But in 1982, I was introduced to another man with “J” as an initial. His name is Jesus and since then I’ve wanted to do things that are pleasing in His sight. I’ve never regretted my decision.”
Jones says his dream was to start his own choir and after graduating from Bethune-Cookman College, he returned to Miami and founded the Spirit of Life Gospel Choir.
“This group of anointed young people have sung for more than 30 years to the glory of God,” he said. “Some of them have gone on with other ministries, gotten married, became parents, and started businesses, but they all love ministering in song. There is simply nothing better, with the exceptions of preaching and living the word of God.”
In 1992, Jones founded the Holy Spirit Ministries which he describes as “a church where the Holy Spirit reigns and the word of God is our reference.”
“We boldly proclaim the gospel on many street corners in the area,” he added.
Recently, the Choir and Jones, recorded a CD entitled, “Tis So Sweet.
“I am humbled that God has chosen me as a vessel to proclaim the gospel through the expression of music and his word,” he said. “There are a multitude of people who might never have gotten to know our God if it were not for hymns and gospel music. It takes a sincere desire to passionately usher in the presence of God in a way that truly impacts lives. God has blessed me and the Spirit of Life Choir with that ability.”
Jones and Spirit of Life have shared the stage with some of best in gospel: John P. Kee, Milton Brunson and Shirley Caesar. Jones was a lead vocalist on the Stellar Award-winning song “Lift Him Up,” recorded by Pastor Marc Cooper and The Miami Mass Choir. Jones is married and father of two daughters, Ashley and Adonnas, who are also active in his music ministry and his greatest cheerleaders.