Honouring the Legacy: Remembering Rev. Carmel Jones

Join us in commemorating the life and legacy of Rev. Carmel Jones, a prominent member of the Windrush Generation and a renowned black church leader in the UK. Discover the inspiring story of how he founded the Pentecostal Credit Union and empowered the black community through economic self-reliance.

Through heartfelt tributes from church leaders and those touched by his work, we honor his indomitable spirit, compassion, and dedication to uplifting others. Explore some of the condolence messages and share your memories of this pioneer who touched countless lives.

May his legacy continue to inspire and his soul rest in perfect peace.

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COGIC UK mourns the passing of Rev. Carmel Jones

God shall wipe away all tears from your eyes... Rev 21:4

It is with profound sadness that COGIC UK announces the death on Saturday 22nd July of one of our ministers, the late Revd Carmel Jones. The history of his rejection by the Anglican Church is well documented but their loss was COGIC’s gain. Revd Jones joined the Church of God in Christ in his late teens and remained until his passing serving the church in a number of capacities. He was a deacon, an elder, a pastor, a member of the Trustee Board, former member of the Executive Board and Assistant General Secretary. He was a man with a vision and integrity, He loved and was loved and respected by peers and others, and an inspiration to others.

He was always ready to give sound advice and help in whatever capacity he could. He will be greatly missed.
With a vision for the spiritual and economic growth of the Black community, he founded the Pentecostal Credit Union (PCU) where he worked tirelessly to assist the community and churches with loans to purchase homes and churches at a time when it was difficult to access funding from the banks. The PCU grew from strength to strength and has become one the largest credit unions in the UK. He has left a remarkable legacy.

We offer our condolences to his wife and the entire Jones family and our prayers are continually with them. May God grant them peace and comfort, during this very difficult time of bereavement. heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Rev. Carmel Jones. May his legacy and impact on the community bring comfort.
To sis Jones and family.
We share your sad loss.
Rev. Jones excelled himself as a man who was concerned about his community. May his soul rest in peace.
From Bishop Joscelyn Rudolph Brissett
Dear Elaine please accept our Sincere Condolences. Your father and the immence positive impact he made on the kingdom of God and the community at large can never be forgotten, I know that today we are privileged to stand on the shoulders and benefit from the wisdom of great windrush pioneers like Rev Jones and my own father. We pray that God comforts you and the entire family at this time, and that He continues to empower you to continue your Dads legacy." 🙏🏽 PASTOR MIKE WHITE
Sincere condolences at the loss of a giant of faith in our time. May his name be remembered as a blessing.
David Shosanya
My condolences to you and your family, Elaine Bowes, I pray that God will comfort your hearts and give you peace. Pat Reid
On behalf of my wife, Co-Pastor Penny Francis, the entire @ruachcitychurch family and myself, I would like to send our sincere and deepest condolences to Mother Jones and the Jones Family on the passing of Revd Carmel Jones, Founder of @pentecostalcreditunion

He was a trailblazer/legend/pioneer/our black banker/mentor and friend.

When I look at all the acquisitions of Ruach City Church, it started with Red Carmel Jones who gave us our first mortgage when our High Street Bank turned us down. I tell this story all the time, I know but I remember when Red Jones started the @pentecostalcreditunion a lot of our very own Black Leaders here in the UK, were sceptical of his vision but he proved all of them wrong and he built one of the largest black credit unions in this country.

Thank you Revd Jones for showing us that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us. You have gone to be with the Lord but you will never be forgotten for all the great work you have done!

For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5: 7-8

Rest in Peace

Bishop John Francis
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:7-8

On behalf of Bishop Alvin Blake, The Executive Board and members of Calvary Church of God in Christ (COGIC) UK, we offer our sincere condolences to Evangelist Jones, and all members of the Jones’ family, friends and loved ones.

The Church of God in Christ count it a privilege to have known and worked with Rev Jones. Who could have predicted that the young man who joined the Church in one of its branches at Sussex Road in Brixton would have risen to such heights and be honoured for his work not only in the church but in the community? Today, it is fitting that this service should be held in a church in Brixton.

We have indeed lost another general, a true soldier of the Gospel, a generous and valuable member of the church. Revd Jones was a man of vision, integrity and wisdom. He was a brother, friend and fellow minister who was quite vocal in his opinions, tempered with a warm spirit and an infectious laugh. There was always a welcoming smile.

He worked tirelessly to fulfil his calling and supported the church faithfully. As a member of COGIC he went through the ranks from an Elder to pastoring one of the Branches in Archway. During this time, he became a member of the Executive Board. He held these positions until ill-health caused him to relinquish his roles. He remained in Archway under the leadership of a new Pastor and when the journey became too difficult, he returned to the Church at Fentiman Road, in Vauxhall where the former members of Sussex Road now owned their own building. We thank God for his faithfulness and hard work over the years.

He remained a loyal member of COGIC although his work and ministry took him across many denominations and influential groups. He worked as a chaplain within the Prison Service and under his influence, some of us were privileged to join Prison Fellowship to correspond with inmates, attend Holloway, Pentonville and Dover prisons to minister in a variety of ways; for example, through discussion Bible groups, singing and sharing the word of God in the chapel services. Undoubtedly, his work as founder of the PCU supporting churches to buy their own properties will be highlighted and COGIC UK was also a beneficiary of this. COGIC UK is proud that he was one of our own ministers; our brother and friend and with honour, we can truly say, Reverend Jones, we salute you.

He will be Greatly missed by his family, friends and the wider church community. Nevertheless, we recognise that in dying, he has gained eternal rest with the Lord, as the apostle Paul said in Philippians 1: 21 ‘For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain’.

Rest in peace until we meet again at Jesus’ feet.

Bishop Alvin Blake
The Executive Board, & Members of the Church of God in Christ (Calvary) UK
Today, the New Testament Church of God would like to express their heartfelt condolences following the passing of Rev.

Carmel Jones, founder of the Pentecostal Credit Union (PCU).

Rev. Jones passed away peacefully, yesterday, surrounded by his family.

Let us continue to keep his family, the PCU and the extended community whose lives Rev. Carmel Jones touched in our prayers.

May his soul rest in peace.

Bishop Claion Grandson, Administrative Bishop of the New Testament Church of God
During this time of mourning, may you find solace in the memories you shared with Reverend Jones and in the support of your loved ones.

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, and I am here for you should you need anything.

May Reverend Jones rest in eternal peace.

With deepest sympathies,
Spencer Fearon
My condolences to the Jones family on the passing of a legend and Windrush Pioneer.
Through the PCU, Rev Jones built an enduring legacy. May it continue to be a blessing And may God comfort The Jones family during this time. He will be your strength."
Marcia Dixon
Hi Elaine, I'm so sorry, please accept my condolences to you and the family, especially your Mum. Your dad was a great visionary, a true Spiritual Leader, his legacy will continue, in Jesus Name.

The PCU was a gift given to him by Our Lord And Saviour. May he RIP and Rise in Glory.
Patricia Toussainte
Dear Elaine, I'm so sorry to hear this sad news
Your father was a pioneer and a legend, and he has left an awesome legacy. My condolences to you and the family. I'm praying for you all and that God will grant you all peace and comfort at this time.
Marcia Jones
Even though I did not know Reverend Jones personally, I grieve with you and I know countless others at his passing. He truly has embodied the spirit of our forefathers, who in many cases arrived in this country with their "grips" or suitcases and hearts filled with the promises God placed in them.

Overcoming what at the time, I imagine must have seemed like insurmountable odds, but with resilience, faith in Christ and steadfastness of spirit, pushed forward quietly, allowing the "Fruit" they bore, to speak loudly. Thank you Rev Carmel for embracing, as you did, your role as a standard bearer for your generation and ours.

With the other "cloud of witnesses" I know you are now spurring us on to even "Greater Works." God Bless Your Legacy. Selah.
Sean Deer
I remember Rev Jones with honour and respect for all that he did for the the pentecostal churches in the community, he encouraged the late Bishop McLean and Rev Harrold the founding Leaders of the Pilgrims Union Church Of God London to secure the mortgage for the church.
He also did a great work in the music department with the youth.
He served the Lord with gladness
May he rest in peace

Ave Maria Blye
I remember him so well... he helped me in my early years in ministry... Senior minister rest in Heaveny Peace.
Abeku Buckman
Good morning Elaine. My sincere condolences to you and the family.

Your father was such a great friend to my mother and my uncle Bishop Melvin Powell (mums older brother).

Your father, through the credit union in the early days, helped mum to realise her vision to purchase a building. He advised her and supported her when others said she couldn't. She was one of the first Black leaders to buy a Church.

She encouraged her members to invest with PCU in the early days so they could eventually own their homes.

When I started to work even before I knew you. I knew your father. My mother would tell me we are going to see Carmel Jones with your money. Mum made sure we invested with PCU to purchase our homes...she trusted your father. She shared his vision.

She was proud of your father and what he was doing for the community.

I share your loss and feel your pain, but share your legacy and the impact your father has made on the life of the family of the late Revd Dr L Smith.

Much love
Sheila Belgrave
To all the members passed and present

Acts House
30 Union Road CRO 2XU headquarters of
Acts Christian Church,

could not of been achieved without the intervention of this great Man Rev Carmel Jones the founder of Pentecostal Credit Union.

When Lloyds Bank, Barclays Bank, Midlands Bank, said No to purchasing Acts House the Pentecostal Credit Union said


Trailblazer REV Carmel Jones thank you !! Rest in Peace

Bishop Mark Nicholson
Dear Jones Family,
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Reverend Jones. Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. Reverend Jones was an esteemed member of our community, and his loss is deeply felt by all who knew him.
Reverend Jones dedicated his life to serving others with The PCU and spreading the message of God's love and compassion. His wisdom, guidance, and unwavering faith have left an indelible mark on the lives of many. His absence will be deeply felt, but his legacy will continue to inspire and guide us.
May God grant you strength and comfort as you navigate through this period of grief. May He also provide solace to Reverend Jones' loved ones and congregation, who are undoubtedly feeling the weight of his loss. May the Lord, in His infinite mercy, guide and protect Reverend Jones' soul as he is welcomed into paradise.
During this time of mourning, may you find solace in the memories you shared with Reverend Jones and in the support of your loved ones. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, and I am here for you should you need anything.
May Reverend Jones rest in eternal peace.
With deepest sympathies,
Spencer Fearon ❤️

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