Twenty-nine years ago Rev. Bruce Fisher invited me to serve on his pastoral team at Central Tabernacle in Edmonton.

I said, “Yes.”

I had a lot of hair and some experience.

Twenty-nine years later I have almost no hair and a bit more experience.

Isolation To Congregation

Being a pastor was not my childhood dream. My aspiration was to become a hermit – to live a tranquil life in isolation undisturbed by people. So how did I get from isolation to congregation?

I said, “Yes.”

God nudged me to follow His calling and be trained to become a pastor.

Ten years along my pastoral journey I accepted the role of Christian Education and Missions Pastor at Central – a storied church and one time flagship of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Only two years previous a horrible congregational split had eviscerated this wonderful group of people. We worked hard to heal their heartache and despair.

Leading Through Relocation

Four years into our labor of love – February 1994 – Pastor Bruce’s health failed, disabling him and sending him to the sidelines. God called away all but me from our pastoral team. Four months later I was asked to be the next Lead Pastor at Central.

I said, “Yes.”

June 30, 2006

Fast forward six years to May 2000. Our congregation took a big risk, stepped out in faith and decided to relocate to the least churched area of Edmonton. We left an iconic facility in an urban location and began to look for land on the frontier of northwest Edmonton.

Three years later – April 2003, after multiple failed attempts to secure land – an opportunity arose to purchase 38 acres of a farmer’s field in the middle of nowhere.

We said, “Yes.”

A New Beginning

One month later after the snow melted we celebrated God’s provision by holding a party and “planting” a Bible on the property – prophetically declaring that our influence would be inspired by the Word of God.

$1.3 million in debt, and facing an $11 million building project, we also said “Yes” to raising an additional $1 million over the next ten years to support the dream of developing a Village of Hope in Harare, Zimbabwe for orphans of HIV/AIDS. To raise a million dollars, you need a million dollar idea. The VoH was a million dollar idea.

(It took us 15 years to achieve our goal but today there are homes for children, a nationally ranked school, a medical clinic, a feeding program, and a multi-purpose community facility.)

Come As You Are

Sunday July 16, 2006 was opening day at North Pointe Community Church. Our roadside sign offered the heartfelt invitation of “Come As You Are.” We meant it. People believed it.

They said, “Yes.”

The original 495 people now number 3716 – those who call NP home – from 85 nationalities, and 16 denominational backgrounds. And we’ve only just begun. Our roots go back 102 years to people meeting in a house church who started this whole endeavour.

Sunday July 16, 2006
International Sunday April 2018

North Pointe is a come as you are, life-giving, mission-driven church, devoted to Jesus, and His love for the world.

We exist to lead people into real hope, new life, and lasting purpose.

Leaving Home

North Pointe is family. The facility is home. Jocelyn and I always knew that one day we would bless North Pointe by following God’s prompting – this time to leave home.

We said, “Yes.”

Our “yes” to God was never meant as a “no” to our church family. Our richest memories are coloured with North Pointe blue and the love shown to us.

Sheila Walsh and Pastor Jocelyn at a SRO event for women in September 2018.
Staff appreciation luncheon on February 28, 2019.

And we will watch from a distance as people we love see to it that North Pointe thrives as a community of people in process; where the curious, the unconvinced, the skeptical, and the used-to-believe, as well as the committed, informed and sold-out, come as they are together around the conviction that Jesus is the Saviour, the Son of the living God.

God bless North Pointe.

Yes and amen.

Rev. Bob and Rev. Jocelyn Jones (PB & J)

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34 Comments

  • Laurie Harrison says:

    Words cannot portray what Rick and I feel about the influence that Bob and Jocelyn have had on our lives. Our kids grew up together. They were both married by Bob. Bob and Jocelyn prayed with us through cancer, heart surgeries and many more tough times in our lives. Thankyou so much for saying yes to pastoring our church. We love you!

  • Sharon Ramstad says:

    Thank you Pastor Bob & Pastor Jocelyn for saying “YES”. Your “Yes” changed our lives and the lives of people we love FOREVER! Keep saying “YES”…..there is so much more!!!

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you Laurie and Ricky Wallace. You have made the journey fun. I will miss seeing you come in to the auditorium with 3 Tim’s coffees or walking through the Conference Room on a Sunday morning before service and seeing Rick with a Tim Horton’s and getting ready to for the Sunday count. Forever friends.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you Sharon and Tim for inspiring us with your love of the Village of Hope. You gave momentum to raising $1 million with your first team trip to the Village and a banquet and the WRR. You helped populate two rows of the front section on my left most every Sunday morning with friends who became followers.

  • Dave Murray says:

    Dear Pastor Bob and Jocelyn. Lorraine and I thank you for your faithful work at North Pointe. About 3 years ago we started attending NP and were very much in need of a spiritual oasis, we found that nourishment at North Pointe. It’s also heartwarming to us to see how our daughter Dale and grandson Zac have also taken on a much deeper commitment to the Lord and his calling on their lives. Zac is on fire for the Lord and is off to Bible college this fall and Dale has gotten involved in ministry. You will be dearly missed as you leave our fellowship but you have left us in good care as Pastor Mike takes the baton from you.
    God bless you and Jocelyn as you serve our wonderful Lord Jesus and your next steps in this journey called life.

  • Bonnie Belsey says:

    I feel privileged to have found North Pointe a short year and a half ago, and to have participated in services and Bible study with the two of you and many wonderful people here. May God continue to richly bless your future!

  • Carole Holmes Schlachta says:

    Praise God. I will never forget how we felt when God led you to another side of the world for us in Quebec.
    I’m so happy for you but I dont want to lose you again. Selfish, yes. God knows my heart and I truly pray for you and Jocelyn. Wait until you see the glory of God as you continue on your journey with Him.
    Love and prayer always wit joy.

  • Adena says:

    I’m so glad you didn’t become a hermit Pastor Bob. Thank you for saying yes and for touching so many lives. Your example of saying YES (& throw me the ball, I’m open!) to God will forever be carried in my heart. You’ve changed my family, you’ve redirected our path, you’ve loved so well. Never forgotten. Always cherished . We love you.

  • Jordan Majeau says:

    Thank you Pastor Bob for being someone who says yes and accepts the challenge to move forward. Praying for a great new chapter ahead for you and Jocelyn.

  • Ernie Pudwill says:

    PB+J…Gayle and I were drawn to North Pointe by your invitation of Come As You Are. But these were not just words on a sign, they were embodied by yourself, Jocelyn and the whole pastoral staff. It was a culture that was embraced by everyone who came through those doors with the willingness to accept and be accepted regardless of where they came from and what challenges they brought with them.

    We are so grateful for the Love that we experienced and was given to us by North Pointe. Pastor Bob…you married our daughter and conducted the funeral of Gayle’s father, neither of whom were members of North Pointe, to which you gave the same energy and caring that we experienced weekly in your caring of the congregation.

    Our congratulations to Pastor Voll in becoming the Senior Pastor of North Pointe knowing that he had an amazing mentor in preparing for this new chapter in his life. Congratulations also to you, Pastor Bob, and Jocelyn as you step in to a new chapter of your lives. I have no doubt that this new journey itself started with “Yes”.

    With Love…

    Gayle and Ernie Pudwill

  • patricia osadciw says:

    Dear Pastor Bob and Jocelyn,

    I just came to North Point two years ago. I was lucky enough to be baptized by you at Easter 2017. Pastor Bob, I am so grateful. Needless to say, I am very sad you will be leaving.

    I would like to take this opportunity, to wish you and your family all the best in your new path, with God guidance I am sure you will be blessed with the path the Lord has in store for you. Many blessings.

  • Wendy Matthezing (Connors) says:

    Pastor Bob, my heart is content in the fact that you said YES and that you continue to say YES allowing God to take you and Jocelyn on your next venture with him. I will never forget our initial connection, I was recently divorced with two young boys and my world was upside down. I was searching on line for a church to call home. I emailed you late Saturday night (in tears) and not only 10 minutes later I received your response. You kindly offered to say hello on Sunday, which we did. We then met the following Tuesday to get to know one another. That introduction led to co-facilitating Divorce Care, launching and facilitating Single & Parenting and starting our Singles group. All of these support groups are still going strong today (praise God). As you continued to say YES all of this came to life. You are a man that leads by example. Your love has touched all of our lives. You will be so dearly missed. Your sermons were unique and always hit the bullseye of my heart. Pastor Bob, we love you, celebrate you and thank you. God bless you both!!

  • Cynthia Victor says:

    My daughter and I have known North Pointe &lead by Pastor Bob since 2014 . We were in a turmoil and he understood and patiently and genuinely helped us pass through the tunnel. Our God is mighty and finds people who will survive and lead his sheep.Last but not least, I was always humbled when Pastor Bob knelt down to pray. It is a simple gesture, but means a lot and portraits his love for God and his humility .
    Thank you Pastor Bob and Jocelyn for what you mean to us. Be blessed always <3

  • Bob Jones says:

    Sunday mornings felt best when I saw you were in the house. God bless you in saying you own “yeses” to God in the future.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Ah, Wendy. Your affirmations and reminders of that late night email have been like a pat on the back and the encouragement needed to continue to be ready to respond at all times. Your entrepreneurial spirit and ability to rally people to your cause is remarkable. I’ve learned so much from the way you apply yourself to making things happen. You brought hope to so many lives through DC and S&P and Singles Ministry. The ripple effect continues.

  • Bob Jones says:

    I remember the day you were baptized. Days like that for pastors are marvelous. They inspire the church family and are so rewarding to the person acting in obedience and devotion. God bless.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you Ernie and Gayle. Words matter and your written words matter most because we will be able to reflect back on them in the future. Ernie, you helped behind the scenes in moments of crisis that no one other than you and I and those who were helped will know about. And God. You and Gayle made every Sunday at NP a good one when you were on campus. Such a pleasure to officiate Courtney and Darryl’s wedding. We’ll cross paths again. Soon I hope. God bless.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you, Jord! So many memories from Central days and being in your family’s home. And the you out at Barrhead as a pastor. And the at Urban Bridge. And now with new, creative ministry initiatives in #yeg. God bless.

  • John and Myrna Ginter says:

    Pastor Bob and Pastor Jocelyn, thank you so much for your faithfulness and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you on your journey. The growth came to be because you were faithful – may God richly bless you!!! As I write, tears are getting in the way – NP without you will not seem the same. It is remarkable that 19 years have passed since you first welcomed us.

    Thank you for challenging, teaching and praying for us. You have positively influenced us and so many.

    Please stay in touch as you continue to follow His leading.

    We care for you. Much love!!

    John & Myrna

  • Bob Jones says:

    Your words are like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Thank you for the words in your card. Words matter. It’s because of writers like you that Jocelyn and I will be launching our new site – REVWORDS.com this week. Just know that Run Burundi and Walk Run Ride For Hope and your friendship are priceless.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Lots of memories from la belle province and Lakeshore. The cool thing about the internet is the ability to stay in instant touch with people who matter but are so far away.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you Bonnie. Keep on with your faith and your influence for God. Don’t keep the faith, share it.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you so much Dave. Our “come-as-you-are” culture really has made a difference in lives of pe0ple like you. I know that will carry on. The Greater Edmonton area and the world need an oasis in community not isolation. So proud of Dale and Zac.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you John and Myrna for reaching out. We go back a long, long way. Central, BBR, relocation, serving on the Board, dedications, grandkids. You have been true blue through it all. And Myrna has always been a cheerleader for us. Maybe we’ll see you on the golf course somewhere on a day that is above 15C. God bless.

  • Raquel says:

    Grateful for God’s faithfulness to NP Church and its congregation. The Lord is good all the time. Thank you Pastor Bob for sharing your amazing testimony to us – we are blessed by your display of your love and service to the God we serve.
    To God be the glory! Praying for blessings in your next journey. You will be missed. Praying for Pastor Mike as well. May the Lord give him strength and wisdom as he leads NP.

  • Craig says:

    Well done.

  • Brian Glover says:

    Dear Pastor Bob,
    It was your down to earth God presence that brought Susan and myself to NorthPointe 5 years ago. It’s both of your gifts of giving of your time and prayers and insight that’s kept us coming back for 5 years. We love and appreciate both of you very much and we will definitely miss you on the stage sharing your wisdom with everyone, I enjoyed how you could make the hard to understand and make it simple enough for even I could understand it and put it to use in my life. May God bless you both richly in heaven and on earth.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you Brian and Susan. You are one who certainly knows the mercy of God. You are one of those faithful ones who show up Sunday after Sunday and always grateful and positive. Praying for healing in your body and complete restoration and long life.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you for having my six.

  • Bob Jones says:

    We have traveled the world together. Great memories. Thank you.

  • Lem Mundorf says:

    You and Jocelyn lived your sermons. You lived the Teen Time motto ” Where love is felt, the message is heard” and I so enjoyed being” tuned up”by your presentation of The Word of God. Come as you are and be accepted and loved; has become my way of treating Teen Time kids and staff. What a great life!!! Thanks Bob and Jocelyn. Lets give God the glory!!

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you Lem and Karen. Love the motto and love what you do for teens at Teen Time. Keep it up.

  • Elsie S.M. says:

    I am thankful and grateful you are my Pastor for saying yes, you inspired me from my early years i attended at Central then until now i saw in you the humbleness you displayed. You lived what you preach, thank you for the teaching and many prayers. We will deeply missed you both.
    Wherever you may be the name Pastor Bob and Pastor Jocelyn will always be in our heart.
    God bless you richly.

  • Barb Cunningham says:

    Pastor Bob and Jocelyn

    You both have been such a blessing to both me and Glen. We totally enjoyed your preaching and you both were there for us all the time. You always went the extra mile even when Glen was in the hospital and you were leaving the next day, you still found time in your busy schedule to visit Glen that Sunday. We were both so grateful. Thank you Joc for all the encouragement and the lunches we shared. I am eternally grateful. I wish you all the best in your next chapter of your lives. You both are the most unselfish loving people I know. Thank you for being there always. You both will be very missed and you both are very loved. I will continue to pray for you and enjoy your trip to Jeruseleum. (you know what I mean, the spelling is wrong.). I am so grateful that I got to go there with you. It was a sad time of my life, however, you both once again made it very special. May God richly bless you in all you do.

    Love you tons and tons.

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