Christian comedienne Debi Witt Jones does her hilarious imitation of Lily Tomlin's beloved character, Ernestine, the obnoxious telephone operator.
In this delightfully funny routine, Debi portrays the outspoken and tacky Ernestine as God's operator, taking calls and intercepting prayer requests from Old Testament characters, such as Moses, Noah, Daniel, Jonah and Lot. Not only do these delightfully funny sketches underline great stories of the Old Testament with enjoyment, but the skit has a serious message: that since Jesus came to Earth, we all have a direct line to God the Father. We no longer need an intermediary when we pray. So Ernestine is out of a job!
Debi has delighted both young and old with this skit at fund-raisers, retreats, conventions and retirement homes and has often been asked back for encore performances by these same groups months or even years later.
In addition to her undeniable comedic talent, Debi is also an accomplished Christian singer/songwriter. She has produced one CD and one cassette to date, both entitled "Spiritual Evolution." The songs chronicle her journey of faith from her distinctly feminine point of view. Her bold, rich voice has been compared to Carly Simon and Karen Carpenter, and the styles of her music range from folk, country and ballads to light rock and thunderous praise.
Debi is also an experienced praise leader, having served for years at her home church (Hays Hills Baptist) as head of the praise band that provides music for contemporary worship.She married Phil Jones in March 2000 after a two year courtship. The minister who carried out their premarital counseling said she had never seen a couple better suited for one another or better prepared for marital life.