Meet Our Pastors
Dr. Gordon S, Jones is the Senior Pastor of the Fondren Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Missouri City, Texas.
A native of Jamaica, West Indies. Dr. Jones graduated from Northern Caribbean University with degrees in Religion and Business Administration and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1995. After earning a Master of Divinity and several years of successful pastoral experience, he decided to pursue his studies in Ministry. These studies culminated with a Doctor of Ministry Degree in May 2010 from Andrews University Theological Seminary.
Dr. Jones has been a pastor, driven by a vision to improve and enhance ministry. He served as a teacher, adjunct lecturer, Youth Ministries Director, Religious Liberty Director Ministerial secretary and Evangelism Director. As a member of several committees and institutional boards he has found blessings and a sense of significance in the contributions he has made to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and his community. It has been his unceasing prayer that his contributions be made only through the leading of the Lord in his life and in his ministry.
This conviction has been bolstered by his daily prayer. “Come, Holy Spirit, demonstrate your Pentecostal power again, that my feeble faith might rest in Christ and Him crucified and not in my puny attempts at wisdom and persuasion. Help me to change lives through my daily ministry and begin right here with me!”
Dr. Jones, through his ministry, has changed the lives of many by preaching the word of God with such clarity, conviction, and authority.
Dr. Jones is married to his college sweetheart, Wendy Ratteray and they have served the Lord faithfully. Their happy union has resulted in the blessing of two beautiful children Tia-Ashley and Zane-Bernard.
Michelle Mota is the Assistant Pastor of the Fondren Seventh-day Adventist Church in Missouri City, Texas.
Michelle Mota was born into the pastoral family of Kircio and Loida Mota in Bronx, New York. She has two older siblings, Kircio Jr., a pastor with the Georgia-Cumberland conference and Omri, who studied theology and has worked as a pastor in the Southeastern Conference. She was baptized by her father at an early age, and had felt the calling to ministry since then.
She has held many job titles inside and outside of the church, including fitness coach, auditor, and even legal secretary. At church she has held multiple positions, but the one she is most proud of is being the first female pastor in the Southwest Region Conference. She graduated with a B.B.A. in Accounting from Southwestern Adventist University, and has obtained her Masters in Divinity from the Seventh-Day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University.
Michelle is a leisure reader, an Apple enthusiast, and loves to explore the latest fashion trends! Michelle is passionate about ministry. Her personal Philosophy is: "Christ, and Christ alone". I believe in John 12:32, which states: "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."