V&B Ministries was organized in August 1999 by B.L. Bell of the New Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and Pastor V.K. Jones of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church during a meeting at the New Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. The birth of this ministry grew out of a Marriage Enrichment Conference that these two Men of God agreed to conduct together for the benefit of their Churches. Due to the overwhelming success of the marriage conference, which began with 17 couples, it was agreed that they would partner together on other ministry events and keep the name V&B Ministries. The ministry was named by Pastor Bell and in 2001, Pastor V.K. Jones created the V&B Logo and added the tag line: *Connecting Mankind to Ministry.*
Pastor Jones served as the first President of V&B for ten years. God has uniquely gifted Pastor Jones in the area of Marriage Enrichment, so much so that he is now known all over the country for his teaching. V&B Ministries has grown well beyond that first retreat as well. Pastor Bell is known as a master teacher and motivator of men to teach the essence of how to PARTNER WITH THEIR PASTOR IN MINISTRY.
Pastor Bell and Pastor Jones began in 2000 to have Church-wide Institutes that featured sound doctrinal teaching and dynamic life-altering preaching. Pastor Bell’s reputation as a preacher among preachers has brought such preaching giants as Dr. Frank Ray, Sr., Pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, TN. Dr. Timothy J. Winters, Pastor of Bayview Baptist Church in San Diego, CA, and Dr. R. A. Williams, Jr., Pastor of McCoy Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA., JUST TO NAME A FEW, as guest Evangelist and Institute instructors over the last few years.
Now celebrating their 17th year in existence V&B Ministries has come to be known all over the country as a biblically sound, doctrinally clear, and spirit led Institute. After having Dr. V.K. Jones serve as president for the first 10 years the reigns of leadership were turned over to Pastor B.L. Bell in 2010. With new leadership has come a renewed desire to Connect Mankind to Ministry from Coast to Coast.
President Bell established a three member Advisory Board to give advice to V & B Ministries Leadership base. Dr. Frank E. Ray, Sr., heads the list of these seasoned and sage servants who have been a part of V & B for over 10 years. Dr. Timothy J. Winters, Pastor of the Bayview Baptist Church in San Diego and Mrs. B. H. Wyatt the wife of the late Dr. B. H. Wyatt, who served as Pastor of the New Hope Church in Terrell, TX, round out the team. In November of 2010, Dr. V.K. Jones was the Lord’s choice to lead the People’s Missionary Baptist Church in Bakersfield CA.
It was the late Dr. Ishmael Kimbrough, who invested in V & B Ministries in 2009 by sending two of his associate ministers to the National Church Wide Institute held in Dallas, TX. This led to the expansion of V&B Church Wide Institute to include a West Coast Regional Meeting held in May 2011 at the Peoples Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. V. K. Jones who served as host Pastor.
It has also given birth to a YOUTH EXPLOSION (HYPE) that same year. Pastor Anthony Pettus and the Greater Progressive Baptist Church, Fort Wayne, IN., and Pastor Lonnie Anderson and The Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church of Kokomo, IN., hosted the first H.Y.P.E. Conference. It was simply phenomenal in terms of structure and classes. The youth were treated to a Pettus style bar-b-que dinner and the last day we were treated to a HYPE bowling retreat. In 2012 Rev. Leroy Lacy and the St. Matthew Baptist Church of Houston, TX hosted the second H.Y.P.E. Conference, which was equally phenomenal. There were guest artists from all across Houston who joined in to reach out to the youth of HYPE. St. Matthew left no stones unturned to continue the HYPE legacy.
In 2013, Dr. V. K. Jones and The Peoples Missionary Baptist Church in Bakersfield, CA. hosted H.Y.P.E. with great effort, energy and enthusiasm we were treated to wonderful time in the Sunshine State. The People’s Missionary Baptist Church of Bakersfield, CA is now the host Church for HYPE.
We completed our 2012 Holy Land Tour in March of 2012, headed by Rev. Lonnie Anderson.
Our 2012 International Church Wide Institute in Kenya, Africa on December 2-8, headed by Rev. Carlton May, ushered in a mind blowing experience as we (Pastor May, Pastor Bell, Pastor Lacy and Pastor Jones) ministered in Kenya at the Nairobi Bible College with over one hundred in attendance.
Dr. Bell and Dr. Jones have appointed other anointed and doctrinally sound leaders to help fulfill the vision that has been set forth from the birth of this ministry.
The future looks bright for V&B and we look with anticipatory anticipation to see what God will do next through this dynamic and life-changing ministry.
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