The Rev. Jack Bone says while he loves his small church — First Christian Church of Pacific — his real life as a servant of God is in the community.
“Life is out there,” he said, as he waves his hand toward the door of the tiny office just off the entrance to the church that he shares with his wife Mary.
The Rev. Bone doesn’t consider himself an author, although he has thick ring binders containing the sermons he has written, the eight-week study sessions that he produced to educate church newcomers about his nondenominational Independent Christian Restoration Movement and his thoughts for a community ministry that reaches into every aspect of community life.
“Mary and I are relational,” he said. “We relate to people wherever they are — on the golf course, in a fishing boat. You have to reach people where they are. That’s why I’m here. I want to get plugged into what’s going on in Pacific. I want to learn what people like to do.”
The Rev. Bone serves on the Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and chairs the annual golf tournament.
Recently, he accepted the appointment as Pacific police chaplain, an assignment that takes him into the confidence of people in crisis — where he offers support and solace that is personal not religious — and to chaplain classes at the St. Louis County Police Academy.
“It’s a confidential thing so I can’t talk about it,” he said. “But I can tell you it’s a humbling experience. It breaks your heart.”
Mary Bone serves on the board of directors of the Pacific Partnership, the organization that organizes the annual Cruise Night, Railroad Day and Christmas on the Plaza.
“You have to remember, we lived in St. Charles and we’re new to Pacific,” she said. “We have to get to know the community and have people get to know us.”
She also volunteers in the Good News Club, an after-school program at Truman Elementary School, and rotates with five other teachers to conduct Children’s Church in the basement classrooms at First Christian.
As a pastor, the Rev. Bone doesn’t like titles. He doesn’t like any description or reference that glorifies him. It’s not about him, he says.
It is all about Jesus Christ and if he can bring anyone to a relationship with Jesus, he has fulfilled his role.
“It really is all about getting to know Jesus,” he said. “Once you know Jesus and what he has done for us the rest is a piece of cake.”
Six years after he came to Pacific, the Rev. Bone is one month away from completing his master’s degree in religious education studies at Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln, Ill.
Whether he is involved in his weekly sermons, seminary studies, his police chaplain duties or reveling in the existence of Jesus, his calling is all about learning and teaching.
“God has blessed me by making me a servant and a teacher,” he said.
Although it is Jack Bone who has the divinity degree, the husband and wife work as a couple, often finishing each other’s sentences.
Before coming to Pacific in 2007, Bone spent two years with the fast growing Harvester Christian Church in St. Charles before entering St. Louis Christian College in Florissant where earned an associate’s degree in theology. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in theology.
He came to Pacific to accept the ministry of the yellow brick First Christian Church of Pacific on St. Louis Street, but now he says being a minister is nothing like he thought it was going to be.
“At first I thought more of the church, but I learned that it’s a lifestyle,” he said. “I see Christ everywhere.”
A worship team provides live music during services. An audio team amplifies music and projects lyrics and sermon notes on a large screen.
Sermons also are posted on the church webpage at pacificchristianchurch.org.
While his small congregation has nearly tripled and the Rev. Bone would like to see more growth, he focuses not on growing his church, but on the life of the community and his desire to bring people together in Christ wherever their paths might cross.
“Jesus appointed 12 men to come with him. He never sent them out alone,” he said. “I believe in sharing the joy. Nobody should have to go it alone.”
Editor’s Note: This article is the first of a series on area churches.