Our Pastor

Clifford A. Jones 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 1983.

A community activist in race relations and education, he serves on local boards such as Crisis Ministry, A Child's Place, and The National Conference for Community and Justice and most instrumental on the steering committee for the art exhibit, Like A Prayer. This exhibit was an intertwined collection of art from the African American and Jewish cultures in support of diversity. 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. He has organized and led medical and religious mission teams of doctors, nurses, technicians and teachers to provide needed healthcare, medical supplies and educational training in Jamaica, Africa, India and Guyana for children and families struggling in poverty.

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, over ten years ago, 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. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Winston-Salem State University, Winston Salem and Shaw University and Divinity School, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Pastor Jones' abilities have been exemplified as a business administrator, coordinator, and Chair Host when he and local churches welcomed the largest convention in Charlotte's history in the body of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education in June of 2001. The city of Charlotte received in excess of $9,000,000 in revenues as a result of 50,000 plus visitors to the Queen City. Under Pastor Jones' leadership over 700 volunteers were committed to making this a banner conference and it was.

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.

God's blessings have truly been manifested upon Pastor Jones gifts and talents and the Friendship family with the ownership of 108.5 acres in front of the current address of the church. This land is soon on its way for development to provide the Church Campus, Day Care, Commercial Block, Assisted-Living for Seniors, Alzheimer's Center, Hospice, Single Family Dwellings, Park Shelter, Amphitheater, Offices and more.

He is married to the former Carolyn Brenda Reynolds. Dr. and Mrs. Jones are the proud parents of two children, Michelle and Clifford Anthony, Jr. both of whom are ministers and a grand niece, Alexa Mariah Fortune.

State of the Church Address


ORGANIZATIONS

  • Moderator, Mecklenburg General Baptist Association, Charlotte, NC
  • Speakers' Bureau Advisory Board, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC
  • Board of Directors, North Carolina Institute of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Board of Directors, Bio-Ethics Resource Committee, Raleigh, NC
  • Advisory Board, Mechanics and Farmers Bank, Charlotte, NC
  • Member, Community Advisory Council, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

PRESENT POSITIONS

  • Member, Executive Committee, General Baptist State Convention of N.C., Inc. Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Member, Executive Committee, Lott Carey Foreign Mission, Washington, DC
  • Member, General Council, Baptist World Alliance, McLean, Virginia
  • Member, Board of Directors of Ecumenical Partnership, Raleigh, NC
  • Member, Board of Advisory for North Carolina Church Childcare Initiative, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Member, Corporate Advisory Committee, The New York Boys Choir, New York
  • Member, Governor's Minority Health Conference Planning Committee
  • President's Advisory Council, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, North Carolina
  • The National Conference for Community and Justice, Charlotte, North Carolina

PRESENT POSITIONS

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • Life Member of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 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
  • Who's Who In Religion In America
  • Who's Who Among Black Americans
  • Who's Who In International Biographies, Oxford, England
  • Charlotte Magazine, January 1986, "One of '50' People To Watch, 1986
  • Recipient of the Governor's The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, 1995
  • North Carolina NAACP Humanitarian Award Recipient, 1997
  • Keynote Speaker, 11th Annual YMCA Prayer Breakfast of Greater Charlotte, 1998
  • Guest Appearance on WTVI42 television program Healthwise, 1998
  • Duke Divinity School-Gardner C. Taylor Lecturer, 2000
  • Charlotte Senior Centers Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, 2001
  • Hosted the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, 2001
  • City of Charlotte King Medallion Award Recipient, 2005