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Biography: Dr. C. David Jones

Dr. C. (Calvin) David Jones was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on November 16, 1931 to the Rev. Glenn David Jones of Boonsboro, Maryland and his wife Evelyn Marianna Hallin Jones from Jamestown, New York.  During World War II the family moved to the Washington, DC area where David attended DC schools.  Following “V-J Day” the family moved to Columbia, Pennsylvania and in 1949 he graduated from Columbia High School. He attended Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, and in the summer of 1951 the young theological student was appointed as the student-pastor of a small congregation in Columbus, Kansas, where he led that congregation in building a new church.
 
 
Over the past half-century Rev. Jones served eighteen different churches in Kansas, Washington, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Georgia in what became for him a very rewarding ministry. He continued his academic studies earning a Bachelor of Education degree from Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, and for three years he taught high school English and History.  He also earned the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Master of Arts in Theology degree from Northwest University, Kirkland, Washington, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.  His book David’s Mighty Men is an auto-biographical account of his professional career and is intended as a tribute to Christian laymen around the world who are to their pastor’s as David’s men of valor were to him.
 
In 1980 his first book, The Pastoral Mentor was published, and in the summer of 1982 he engaged in post-doctoral studies at Oxford University in England.  He also taught in the English Department of Essex Community College, Baltimore, Maryland, and during the 1980s he was engaged by Drew University to serve as the Maryland Resident Director of its satellite doctoral program in Maryland.  For a time he commuted between Baltimore and Drew’s Madison, New Jersey campus where he taught Pastoral Theology in the School of Theology’s doctoral program and served as a dissertation advisor to a number of students.  He also taught seminar groups for Drew’s doctoral program in Virginia.  Twice he made pilgrimages to the Holy Land where he gathered some of the data for his recently published books about The Apostles of Jesus Christ, and he has traveled abroad on several other occasions with his wife Barbara Ann.
   
He served as Dean of the College of Fellows of the Academy of Parish Clergy, was a Charter Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and was active in Rotary International and other professional and civic organizations.  During the decade he pastored the St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Annapolis, Maryland, he led that congregation in relocating to a new fifteen acre campus, building four new church buildings and establishing the fully accredited St. Andrew’s Parochial School, kindergarten through 8th grades with an enrollment that has grown to around five hundred students.  He was also the founding pastor of the Charlestown United Protestant Church in Baltimore, Maryland; and established the first holistic counseling program and clinic licensed by Maryland State Department of Health for drug & alcohol rehabilitation treatment (DART) at the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Baltimore.

After nearly a decade living in Georgia near their son Dan and his wife Judy and their daughter Debbie and her husband Rev. Jeff Howard and their two children, the Joneses decided to relocate to Ft. Wayne, Indiana to be near their son, Brad and his wife Brenda and their two children.

The Joneses have enjoyed active and fulfilling professional careers, and have taken time along the way to enjoy yachting, golfing, hunting & fishing, travel, numerous crafts and the reading of good books.