Dr. Jones comes to Samford from Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, where he served since 2013 as assistant professor of church planting and as the inaugural Floyd K. Clark Chair of Christian Leadership. He has been a missionary with the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board since 2007 and previously worked as a church planting strategist for the Georgia Baptist Convention.
In his 25 years of ministry, he has served Christ in a variety of roles including senior pastor, missionary, and church planter, as well as staff roles at churches and para-church ministries. From 1993 to 2001, Jones was director of the Urban Ministry Training Project in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jones is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a veteran of the U. S. Army. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the Beacon Institute of Ministry in Columbus, Georgia, and received Master of Christian Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. He has been married to his wife Cathy for 28 years.