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In Matt. 28:19-20 we read these words "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."

These word seem to fit LaQuita Jones, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Dumas. She has a heart to see people come to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Coming to Dumas from Panhandle, she has been a minister for some 20 years. She grew up in Silverton were she graduated from high school. She attended college at Mountain View Community College in Dallas and Wayland Baptist University in Plainview. She also attended Duke Divinity  School for Course of Study.

Her first pastorate was Bovina were she served from 2000-2005. She then went to Spade and Hart where served for some three years. After this she served 10 years in Snyder before going to Panhandle.

She has been a Christian for 40 years. She was employed by Central Plains Center in Plainview for 20 years. She worked as a supervisor, coordinator and director of mental health and substance abuse programs, both residential and outpatient.

The best thing that she likes about the ministry is helping people reach their potential for God.

LaQuita says "I see people in communities who don't have the love of Jesus. My heart breaks and I want them to know the love of Jesus. I want to connect with them, seeing their needs and trying to meet those needs. I want to pray for them and invite them to experience the body of Christ through the church."

She goes on to say "I want to proclaim the Word of God through preaching and to help people to improve to do God's work."

Of Dumas LaQuita says "The people are hospitable  and we're trying how to be the church through this pandemic. Dumas is a very nice community, gracious and friendly. I will serve and love the people until God calls me somewhere  else through our Bishop."

Of course living in the Panhandle of Texas most of her life, she is used to the change of weather at almost any time.

The new minister has a son and a daughter with four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who all live in Kress.

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