Meridian Star

May 25, 2013

Russell Baptist Church celebrates music ministry

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Last month marked the 25th anniversary of Jewell Greer’s service as Music Minister at Russell Baptist Church.  “Bro Jewell”, as he is affectionately known, has been a cornerstone of the ministry there, now serving with his third pastor.

    Bro Jewell’s love for music can be attributed to growing up in a home where his father was a minister of music in several churches in Mississippi. Hubert and Delores Greer later entered into fulltime music evangelism where he did revivals all over the United States.  

    Jewell, his sister Becky and brother Ronald attended gospel singings even as little children. One of Jewell’s fondest memories as a child is singing harmony in the car as they drove to visit grandparents.

    In 1980, Jewell met his high school sweetheart at Brookhaven High School.   He and Lisa Jo White were married in 1982 and attended Copiah Lincoln Jr. College and Mississippi College, graduating in 1986.  In October 1986, Jewell began his first full time position at Parkway Baptist Church in Kosciusko, Miss. as minister of music and activities.

    In  April, 1988, he was called to be the fulltime Minister of Music and Youth at Russell Baptist Church. Little did the Greers know that this journey would have them in the same place 25 years later.

    A year later, the Lord revealed Himself to Jewell and showed him that he was “religious” but not saved.  Jewell received Christ as His Lord and Savior in March of 1989. To him, that is the greatest thing that ever happened in his life.

    Jewell serves with Pastor Steve Taylor, Associate Pastor Jack Kern and Youth Pastor David Holifield on the staff of the church now. He leads the adult sanctuary choir, youth choirs, ensembles, quartets, trios, and has led music in Vacation Bible School in his ministry time at Russell.  

    Jewell has served on the Lauderdale Association Youth Choir Committee and was a member of the Mississippi Singing Churchmen.

    Pastor Taylor said. “There’s a difference between someone who leads the music and a Music Minister. Bro Jewell has a passion for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone.  

    He has a heart to see lost souls come to know Christ and uses music to truly minister to all of us.”

    Jewell and Lisa have two sons, Jayce and his wife Renee, and Noah.      Jewell’s greatest ministry joy is to hear humble hearts sing to the Lord. He enjoys listening to worship songs and enjoys the message that songs bring during the praise and worship time during Sunday service.

    Jewell gives God all the glory in everything he does. He feels very blessed to be part of such a loving, giving, compassionate and kind church for so many years.  Russell Baptist Church and the local community are blessed by his ministry.