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 (Princess Ann, MD); the Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC); and a Doctor of Ministry from Boston School of Theology (Boston, MA). He 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.
Dr. Jones 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; as well as a brick making machine for building houses and business offices in an effort to create economic interdependence.
Dr. Jones 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.
He is married to the former Carolyn Brenda Reynolds. Dr. and Mrs. Jones are the proud parents of Mrs. E. Renee Darity, Rev. Dr. Michelle A. Jones, Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Jones, Jr. (Courtney) and Miss Alexa Mariah Fortune-Jones. He is also the gratified and honored grandfather to Miss Michelle A. Jones (Jr), born June 25, 2018.
Board of Directors, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc. (The Housing Partnership), 2018 – present
Commission Chair, Peace and Reconciliation Commission, Baptist World Alliance, Falls Church, VA, 2015 – present
Board of Trustees, Morris College, 2013-present
Board of Directors, National USA Foundation, Inc., Nashville, TN, 2012-present
Board of Directors, Faith Partnerships Inc., Raleigh, NC, 2011-present
Chairman of the Governance Committee, National Baptist Convention of USA, Inc. Nashville, TN, 2009-2014
Board of Trustees, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC, 2006-2015
Host Chairperson, 133rd Annual Session of National Baptist Convention of USA, Inc., 2013
Vice President, Baptist World Alliance, Falls Virginia, VA, 2005-2010
Corporate Advisory Committee, New York Boys Choir, 1994-2001
Host Chairman, National Baptist Congress of Christian Education’s 96th Annual Session, 2001
President, Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention, Washington, DC, 1994-1997
Former Community Advisory Council Member, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Former Advisory Board Member, Mechanics and Farmers Bank, Charlotte, NC
President, General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc., Raleigh, NC, 1993-1997
Former Moderator, Mecklenburg General Baptist Association, 1989-1993
Civic and Community Affiliations
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
Life Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Awards and Recognitions
Humanitarian Service of Excellence, Middle District Missionary Baptist Association Inc., 2019
Senior Father of the Year, Black Fathers Rock!, 2019
The Made Man Award, The Made Man Foundation, 2018
Beautiful Are The Feet, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, 2018
UNCF Masked Award, UNCF North Carolina, 2017
Proclamation from the City of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 2016
Religious Award, My Veteran’s Keeper, 2016
Hatch Legacy Award, John Hatch Foundation, 2016
Proclamation for the City of Charlotte, NC 2015
Lifetime Achievement Award, Leadership Charlotte, 2015
Aggrey-Small Leadership Award, Aggrey-Small Transformational Leadership Symposium, Western West Africa Episcopal District, 2014
Nelson Mandela Award Recipient, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., 2013
Keynote for the National Political Black Caucus Prayer Breakfast, 2007
City of Charlotte King Medallion Award Recipient, 2005
Charlotte Senior Centers Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, 2001
Duke Divinity School-Gardner C. Taylor Lecturer, 2000
North Carolina NAACP Humanitarian Award Recipient, 1997
Recipient, NC Governor’s The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, 1995
The Star Book of Stewardship, Judson Press, 2012
Becoming and Practicing What It Means To Be A Christian, AK Classics, 2011
Consuming Passion: Christianity and the Consumer Culture, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 1998
From Brother to Brother, Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, 1997
How Can I Find God?, Triumph Books, Liguori, Missouri, 1997
From Proclamation To Practice: A Unique African American Approach To Stewardship, Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, 1997