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 since January, 1983.
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 Kinder-garten 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 Pastor Jones' gifts and talents and the Friendship family with the ownership of 108.5 acres on which our current church resides at 3400 Beatties Ford Road. 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 strong 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. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers recognized Pastor Jones in April of 2001 as a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award because of his contributions and leadership in making our community a better place to live, work, worship and raise a family.
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.; How Can I Find God?, Triumph Books, Liguori, Missouri, 1997; Consuming Passion:Christianity and the Consumer Culture, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 1998; From Brother to Brother, Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, Becoming and Practicing What It Means To Be A Christian, AK Classics, 2011 and The Star Book of Stewardship, Judson Press, 2012.
He is married to the former Carolyn Brenda Reynolds. Dr. and Mrs. Jones are the proud parents of three children, Reverend Michelle A. Jones, Pastor C. Anthony Jones, Jr. and Alexa Mariah Fortune-Jones. 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."
- President, Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention, Washington, DC (1994-1997)
- President, General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc., Raleigh, NC (1993-1997)
- Vice President of the Baptist World Alliance, Falls Virginia, VA
- Board of Directors, Faith Partnerships Inc., Raleigh, NC
- Chairman of the Governance Committee, National Baptist Convention of USA, Inc. Nashville, TN
- Board of Trustees, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
- Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
- Life Member of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- Editor, From Proclamation To Practice: A Unique African American Approach To Stewardship - Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA
- Contributor, How Can I Find God? - Triumph Books, Liguori, Missouri, 1997
- Contributor, The Consuming Passion:Christianity & the Consumer Culture - InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 1998
- Author, Becoming and Practicing What It Means To Be A Christian, AK Classics, Charlotte, NC, 2011
- Author, The Star Book of Stewardship, -Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, 2012
- Recipient of the Governor's The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, 1995
- North Carolina NAACP Humanitarian Award Recipient, 1997
- Duke Divinity School-Gardner C. Taylor Lecturer, 2000
- Charlotte Senior Centers Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, 2001
- City of Charlotte King Medallion Award Recipient, 2005
- Keynote for the National Political Black Caucus Prayer Breakfast, 2007
- Envisaged and initiated a showcase of musical talent from South African teenage honor students to travel the United States to perform hymns, opera, and native song and dance at churches, schools and other venues for an enriched cultural exchange, 2008, 2010, 2012