Rev. Jack Edward Maxwell

September 20, 1932January 13, 2021

Rev. Jack E. Maxwell, 88, of Cross Lanes, WV went home to be with Jesus on January 13, 2021.

Jack was the child of Albert and Mabel Davis Maxwell, and was born on an Indian Mission in Dorados, Brazil. We believe this is where his true servant heart, love for Christ, his love for people, sense of humor, love of travelling and adventure began.

Preceded in death by his siblings; wife, Elizabeth; and a son, Edward.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Elizabeth of Cross Lanes, and Priscilla of Montreat, North Carolina; and numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Jack lived in Brazil for the first 8 years of his life, having jungle adventures with his siblings, and the Indians they lived with on the mission. The adventures continued as the family moved around the South. He attended Maryville College in Tennesee with his twin sister, Jean, then went on to attend with his brothers, Sidney and David, at the Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. He was then an Ordained Minister for the rest of his life.

Jack's top passion was people. He truly loved people and made sure each person he met felt loved and knew they were important and had worth. If you were ever around him, you were sure to hear that he loved you, but most importantly to him was for you to know you were loved by Jesus. This was the goal of his life. He also had a love of travel, and went all over the world telling people about Jesus in Brazil, Columbia, Jamaica, Israel, Cuba, Canada, Italy, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, and Paraguay. He even developed his own Gospel Tract he called a "pink slip", and passed those out to anyone he would meet.

Jack loved photography, and would often be spotted with a camera around his neck, taking pictures of people, places, and events. He loved the outdoors, and loved hunting, fishing, and being at the Ocean. Due to the Covid pandemic the family will not be having a service at this time, but will plan a great celebration of this good man in a few months when it is safe to gather again.

A graveside service will be led by Keith Cobb at the Steele Creek Memorial Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at , that all are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Open Arms Foundations where Jack ministered for many years to the children of Medellin, Columbia. Send donations to OAF c/o Perrow Church, 5345 Big Tyler Road, Cross Lanes, WV 25313.


  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, January 17, 2021


Rev. Jack Edward Maxwell

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William Perrow

January 16, 2021

Jack Maxwell was a faithful and a true friend who is truly missed. Jack had a passion for sharing the good news and for missions and was a founding board member of the Open Arms Foundation. Over the years he made many mission trips to Colombia. A story during his initial trip in 1993 to Open Arms Foundation clearly depicts his faith and desire to help the children living on the streets of Medellin, Colombia. During a phone call with Jack he learned that we had a farm but we didn't have housing for the children at the newly acquired property.

Full of faith he said if you can get the building materials in 7 days we will be down to build a house for those boys. He was so sure it inspired me to say yes without even thinking about the consequences of the agreement. I hung up and thought what have I got myself into. Three days passed yet I didn't even have a floor plan and Jack and his missionary building crew already had their tickets and they were coming to Colombia. It was Saturday morning and I was perplexed driving around town looking for some hope. As I drove by the convention center I noticed a house sitting in the parking lot. So I went in to inquire about floor plans.
The owner of the company was sitting in the living room of the house. Being desperate the first word out of my mouth was, can you take this down and put it back up in less than a week. To my surprise he said yes we can. During the negotiations I noticed he kept going down in the price instead of up. I made a comment this is the first time I have ever gained the advantage so easily in business. His reply was heartwarming, he said you are not gaining the advantage, I want to help the children.
Jack and the mission team he had assembled arrived in days and began to work immediately. The first house was completed within a couple of weeks. Inspired by Jack we called this house The Mountaineer.
This why Jack will be sorely missed because he was a faithful, humble servant of God.

Joy Cobb

January 15, 2021

The world, and so many personal friends (and ones that maybe were not personal, because Jack loved everyone ) has lost a great prayer warrior and advocate for our Lord Jesus Christ. One particular time, when in Columbia with him and others from Perrow on a mission trip, we were all crammed in a vehicle on a journey, uncomfortable and HOT!!!Jack was last to get in, because he was giving out his ‘pink slips’ and trying to save everyone in Columbia!!!😜 I felt like grabbing his arm & saying ‘Get In Here!!!’ But he had the most important thing in mind. I’ll never forget his devotion to Christ. He wanted to proclaim Him to all. What a heart. What a man. We will miss you, and your missionary spirit. You are rejoicing now as you meet those who are there with you because you shared the gospel of Jesus.

Jack Dabney

January 14, 2021

Jack was a blessing as a pastor, an intercessor, an advocate for missions, an ally for the unborn and as a friend. I am thankful that God called him to Perrow Presbyterian Church.
In 1987 I left Perrow and went to the Calvin Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, VA. That church is located near Little Creek Naval Base. America sold a number of ships to Brazil. Brazil sent many sailors to Norfolk where our sailors trained Brazilian sailors how to operate those ships. It took months. On Sundays for many months 25 or 30 Brazilian sailors worshipped at Calvin. They did not speak English, but they came faithfully to worship every week. They even came to our church picnic where they wanted to play soccer. They were pretty good at soccer, but there was only one person at that picnic who could do a Rainbow. Esther Dabney became a celebrity that day.
As a way of appreciating and respecting those sailors Calvin decided to invite a Portugese speaking preacher for one Sunday. The congregation didn't understand his sermon that day. But those sailors loved Jack Maxwell and his sermon in their language.

Melissa Spittle

January 14, 2021

Jack Maxwell was responsible for my journey to Christ. His sermons were beautiful, gentle and called you to Christ. His family and mine spent much time together in the early Highland years but I failed to appreciate any of that until I matured much later. We will always share that connection in fellowship, friendship and Christ. Peace be with you all and sending all our love.

Melissa Robinson Spittle

John Cook

January 14, 2021

While attending perrow church I went to a healing service. I’m a type one diabetic I went on stage and Jack and a group from church elders laid hands on me and for over a month my sugar levels were totally normal Jack gave it all to Jesus. Really opened my eyes to the love and power of Christ. Jack was a loving wonderful man who lead many many people to the lord 🙏🏽 He will be missed

Bill Grant

January 14, 2021

The first yr., they had "Washington For Jesus, in D C., Jack & I went, when we got up to the Capitol, there were cars everywhere/ Jack started praying for a parking space, one guy right in front of the Capitol, pulled out Jack pulled in. That impressed me! Thoughts & Prayers for you all, Bill & Shelby Grant

Duane West

January 14, 2021

Having known Jack Maxwell for almost 40 years has made my life richer. I have so many memories of working with him on a number of things - Missions Conferences, getting Microsoft Word set up properly so that he would have the proper punctuation marks for typing in Portuguese - as well as sharing quiet moments and holiday meals at The Maxwell House (but they used Folgers coffee or something straight from Colombia). I can only imagine what his entry into Heaven was like the other morning, with all of the people his life had touched in one way or another. I love you with the love of the Lord, my brother, and I’ll see you later.

Cathy Sepko

January 14, 2021

Anyone who had the honor of knowing Rev. Jack Maxwell experienced unconditional love. He was one of the kindest men I have ever known--a true servant of God and man. I will never forget him.