Pastor Ardel is the Founding/Senior Pastor of Life @ the River International Ministries (The House of Hope) an up and coming, exciting, diverse church in the heart of East Jacksonville!
Being the youngest child of Bishop Arthur T. and Pastor Sharon P. Jones, Pastor Ardel continues in an awesome line of the anointed.
In 1992 at the tender age of 16, God called Pastor Ardel to preach the gospel. Over the years Pastor Ardel humbled himself to the anointing of the Lord to be used in the gift of healing. As he so often says while ministering under the anointing, “It’s like consuming fire”. Many have given testimony of how God healed their bodies and life after he has anointed with oil and prayed the prayer of faith.
Educated in the public schools of Duval County, he graduated from William M. Raines High School in 1994. After graduation Pastor Ardel furthered his education by attending the University of Florida, Gainesville, and ITT Technical Institute, Jacksonville, FL, studying Computer Technology and Engineering. Enhancing his understanding of God’s word, he has received a Bachelors of Arts in Theology and the Master of Divinity Degree.
His Miracle Testament: From a child, I questioned God’s ability to do what he said he could do. During the illness and death of my uncle, Wilbur Holsey, I questioned God…“Do you still do what you say you can do…heal, deliver?” God has always told me He placed a special anointing of healing within me but I never had the faith to believe because it had not been proven to me. BUT on June 29, 2003, around 4am Sunday morning, God woke me up and told me to check my daughter, Aja. When I saw Aja she was blue in the face, and her features were sunken in-----she was dead. I began to cry. God told me, “STOP CRYING AND DO WHAT I HAVE PLACED IN YOU TO DO!” I prayed the prayer of FAITH, and the FIRE of God came inside the bedroom and raised Aja. That day my faith, my trust, and my belief in God rose to a new level. I believe there is no sickness, no disease, not even death that God cannot deliver his people.
He is the proud father of two beautiful daughters Aja and Asya.