About Clifford A. Jones, Sr.
Visionary and Founder, CJones Ministries
Reverend Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr. was born in Philadelphia and reared in New Jersey. He received
his Bachelor of Science degree from Maryland State College; the Master of Divinity and Master of
Theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
He received the degree of Doctor of Ministry from Boston School of Theology in Boston, MA and
has studied at Regents Park College in Oxford, England and Baptist Theological Seminary, in
Ruschlikon, Switzerland. He has served as the Senior Minister of Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church in Charlotte, North Carolina since October, 1982.
He led a delegation to form a solid partnership with the Winterveldt School in Mabopane, South Africa for Friendship to partner in the purchase and building of a fully equipped Christian educational center for grades Kindergarten through High School. In addition to the school in Mabopane, under Dr. Jones’ leadership, a farm was purchased and three greenhouses were built to grow vegetables for sale and a brick making machine for building houses and business offices in an effort to create economic interdependence.
He has organized and led numerous medical and religious mission teams of preachers, doctors, nurses, technicians and teachers to provide needed healthcare, medical supplies and educational training in Jamaica, Africa, and Guyana, South America for children and families struggling in poverty.
God’s blessings have truly been manifested upon Dr. Jones’ gifts and talents and the Friendship family with the ownership of 115 acres. This land is also being developed to provide an Intergenerational Day Care, Commercial Block, Assisted-Living for Seniors, Alzheimer’s Center, Hospice, Single Family Dwellings, Park Shelter, Amphitheater, Offices and more.
He has been a dedicated supporter of senior citizen programs and under his leadership, Friendship provided the first satellite center for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers, offering exercise and other classes for older citizens living in the area.
His published works can be found in the following books: From Proclamation To Practice: A Unique African American Approach To Stewardship, Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, 1997; How Can I Find God?, Triumph Books, Liguori, Missouri, 1997; From One Brother to Another, Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, 1997; Consuming Passion: Christianity and the Consumer Culture, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 1998; Becoming and Practicing What It Means To Be A Christian, AK Classics, Charlotte, NC, 2011 and The Star Book of Stewardship, Judson Press, Valley Forge PA, 2012.
He is married to the former Carolyn Brenda Reynolds. Dr. and Mrs. Jones are the proud parents of Mrs. E. Renee Darity, Rev. Michelle A. Jones, Pastor C. Anthony Jones, Jr. (Courtney) and Alexa Mariah Fortune-Jones. He is also the gratified and honored grandfather to Miss Michelle A. Jones (Jr), born June 25, 2018.Clifford Jones is a ‘man called to preach the gospel.’ He has preached on five continents notably Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa. In his own words, “The joy of preaching about the Lord increases with each opportunity…a calmness moves in my life and increases as I grow closer and have a deeper understanding of the Word of God and have experiences with Him.”
Among his numerous awards, Dr. Jones is especially proud of his recognition as the recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award. He was presented this honor at the 133rd Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. for his tireless efforts with foreign mission work.
CJones Ministries Advisory Council
Rev. O. T. Hill
Ms. Chandra Pretty
Rev. John W. Spann
Dr. Allen Paul Weaver
Dr. Robert G. Murray
Dr. Larry B. West