*Before the church could say “amen” performance clips from the season premiere of “Bobby Jones Gospel” were uploaded to You Tube and being shared on Facebook.

Both the BET Network and its flagship program (“Gospel”) – one of the longest running shows on cable television – are celebrating 30 years.

This past Sunday the performance of skillful Vanessa Bell Armstrong aired. The legendary Armstrong is one of few people who can say she has been acquainted with Dr. Jones for most of the years he has been a household name and in our interview (below) she explained the Tennessee-born host has come a long way.

Chuckling, Armstrong recalls Jones didn’t always have the state of the art stage he now stands on at Studio B in DC, but she was once a guest on the show in less modern surroundings.

“Bobby would try almost anything and that’s what I love about him. He’s not in a box,” she said. Watch: