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Rev. Joe & Mrs. Roxann McKnight

Pastor & Wife

Pastor Joe McKnight, born and raised in a Pastor’s home, understood salvation and involvement in church at a young age. When he was only 6 years old, he was baptized and received the Holy Ghost and began dedicating his life to the work of the Lord. He grew up in the Nashville, TN, area, graduated from high school and later continued his education in Theology and Psychology.


At the age of 16, he accepted his call to ministry on Easter Sunday, April 2, 1972. As a young man, he was Worship Director for church services and preached locally. Although he co-owned a business with his brother and became a Licensed Contractor, his true heartbeat is ministry. In pursuit of his love for ministry, he was Ordained and became a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ in September, 1988. His first tenure as Pastor was at Milledgeville Pentecostal Church. He became Youth President of the Tennessee District ALJC and served in that capacity until moving to Blue Mountain, Mississippi, in 1990 as Youth Pastor for The Pentecostal Church of Blue Mountain. After one year as Youth Pastor, he became Pastor in May, 1991, serving until 1998. After a 3-year transition he returned in May, 2001, as Pastor and continues to serve as Pastor of The Pentecostal Church of Blue Mountain.


While in Tennessee he served on the Board for Iron Hill Christian Academy. After moving to Mississippi he served on the Blue Mountain Children’s Home Board and was Chairman of that Board for many years. He served on the New Beginnings International Children’s & Family Services Board. He has taught instructive classes, preached Conferences, revivals and services coast to coast. He served as Section 1 Presbyter of the Mississippi District ALJC for 10 ½ years, as the Assistant Superintendent of the Mississippi District ALJC for 4 years and presently serves as Superintendent of the Mississippi District ALJC.


Pastor McKnight married his wife, Roxann Prater McKnight, June 10, 1977. Prior to their marriage, Roxann began singing with a gospel group and enjoyed many years of travel with them and working on music projects. She worked with the Election Commission Office. She later continued her education and began teaching in a Christian school where she also worked with the Drama Department and Chapel. She has continued to be involved with music throughout the years, serving as musician, singer and Choir Director. She currently is involved in the Music Department; serves as Office Manager, graphic designer of publications and webmaster; and is the Computer Systems Administrator for The Pentecostal Church. She has served the MS District Women’s Esprit as Vice-President and currently serves as MS District ALJC WE President. Roxann loves serving in ministry with her husband and shares his commitment for God’s kingdom work.


Pastor McKnight’s passion for ministry is evidenced in his genuine love for souls. His compassion has touched the lives of many. He launched a local Christian Intervention Program. He is a Nationally Certified Facilitator for Crossroads Curriculum and launched a local ReConnect Program promoting "Effective Paths for Behavior Change" for adults and youth. He enjoys being involved with the Community often serving on panels for City planning and activities. He Pastors his congregation with love, encouraging guidance and the true heart of a shepherd. His vision is for The Pentecostal Church of Blue Mountain to be as a ‘city set on a hill’; a sanctuary where the hurting and the weary find solace. With his motto, “Reaching Upward To God And Outward To Man”, Pastor McKnight maintains his fervor for the gospel and his commitment to connecting the called according to His purpose.

Rev. Caleb & Mrs. Chelsey Smith and Children

Student Ministries Pastor & Wife and children

Rev. Caleb Daniel James Smith is the son of Rev. James and Jackie Smith, New Albany, MS.  He is married to Chelsey Pankey Smith and they have a daughter, Isabelle Quinn Smith, and a son, Henson Ryder Smith.


He began attending The Pentecostal Church of Blue Mountain and began leading Worship in 2011. He began his ministry as a young man and became licensed with the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ in 2012. He was installed as Student Ministries Pastor of The Pentecostal Church of Blue Mountain on September 16, 2012. He has served as the Youth Secretary of the MS District Crusaders since 2013, and, also serves on the Crusaders Planning Committee.


After graduating from Blue Mountain College with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Chelsey began working with her family’s company. Presently, she enjoys being home with her children and working with computer systems data entry for the church.


Together they are actively involved in Worship, Children’s Ministries, Student Ministries and Community Evangelism. Bro. Caleb loves people and is willing to serve in any way he can. His mission is to help people, young and old, reach salvation and a relationship with God through His word, worship and fellowship.

Rev. Johnny D. & Mrs. Machella Jones

Pastor of Community Evangelism & Wife 

Rev. Johnny D. Jones received the Holy Ghost at the age of 8 and has worked in ministry since a young age, beginning his preaching ministry in 1994. A native of Philadelphia, MS, he relocated to the New Albany/North MS area in 1995 where he began attending West Ingomar Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. While there, he served as assistant to the Pastor, taught Youth Sunday School and worked in bus ministry many years. 


Licensed and ordained, he previously pastored First Apostolic Church of Ripley and founded/pastored Ashland Pentecostal Church. He currently is employed with Toyota Manufacturing where he has been since moving from a 20-year employment with the furniture industry. He also serves the town of Blue Mountain as an Alderman.


While attending West Ingomar Church, Rev. Jones met and married Machella Jeter Jones in 1996. Machella received her B.S. degree in Social Science and English from Blue Mountain College in 1987. She began her career in the newspaper and library field. After approximately 13 years, in 1998 she began and has since operated her own commercial cleaning company. After receiving the Holy Ghost at the age of 14 she began teaching Sunday School. She currently teaches the Toddler Class and assists with attendance data and Greeter/Hospitality service at The Pentecostal Church. 


Rev. Jones and his wife were both raised in the Pentecostal faith each having a heritage several generations strong in the Apostolic doctrine. They have resided in the Blue Mountain area since 2004 and began attending The Pentecostal Church in 2016. In January of 2019 Rev. Jones became Pastor of Community Evangelism. He has a love for soul-winning and serving people however he can, and he is willing to fill whatever role is needed to enhance the local church and kingdom of God.