Borger native Marlon Jones seeks to inspire others while sharing his faith and leading by example.

Jones, 18, a member of New Jerusalem Church and one of 25 Borger High School seniors who graduated from college before high school this year via the dual credit program with nearby Frank Phillips College, will serve as the youth guest speaker during Sunday’s Praise in the Park service at Bones Hooks Park.

St. John Baptist Church is hosting the outreach effort, which will begin at 10 a.m. at 2000 N. Hughes St., as part of the congregation’s desire to go beyond the church’s four walls to make a lasting impact on the community.

“We’re excited about the message Marlon Jones will share with our young people,” St. John Senior Pastor Anthony Harris said. “He’s dutifully focused on the plan the Lord has for his life and wants to be the servant the Lord would have him to be. His is a message of humility, obedience, diligence in pursuit of being a blessing to others and spreading the word about Christ. And that’s our mission as Christians.”

Organizers said they welcome attendees to come as they are while enjoying fellowship, food, music and the joyfully abundant life the good news offers.

“What I want to do is spread inspiration,” said Jones, who will attend West Texas A & M University in the fall and credits his mother, Tisha Walker, for instilling his fervent work ethic. “My story is not too different from that of other people, but the way I react to situations and circumstances that occur is somewhat unique. I want to help people who need it the most. It all starts from my church, New Jerusalem and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is such an awakening. I want to help lead others to that experience.”

Praise in the Park steering committee members said they are excited about Jones participating in Sunday’s outreach celebration.

“He brings a message of hope to our youth that our struggling,” Edna Neal said. “And I think when Marlon speaks, it will uplift and inspire those who are going through some things in their lives. They will be made aware that they’re struggle is not in vain and vital role Christ plays in overcoming obstacles.”

Trina Frost said Jones possesses great focus and determination.

“He’s going to help some young people who are hurting and we’re thankful he’s willing to share his story,” she said. “His message will spark dialogue about decisions young people make that can potentially mold and shape their future. We’re so pleased to have him join us as we seek to love on everyone who comes out and place the focus on hurting community that can be made whole through Christ.”