Pastor E. Edward Jones
One of the nation’s most noted ministers, Dr. E. Edward Jones, Sr of Shreveport Louisiana is President Emeritus of the National Baptist Convention of America, Incorporated. The National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. is a voluntary fellowship of nearly 5000 churches approximating 2.5 million African American Baptists. Dr. Jones served as the 13th President of this organization from 1986 to 2003.
The editors of Ebony Magazine have consistently selected Dr. Jones, since 1986, as one of the “100 Most Influential Blacks in America”. The Reverend Dr. Ernest Edward Jones, Sr., a native Louisianan, was born in Deridder (Beauregard Parish), May 3, 1931. He is the third child of the late Rev. and Mrs. David Jesse (Daisy Hatcher son) Jones. Dr. Jones received his high school diploma from Beauregard Parish Training School in 1948 where he served as President of his Class for four (4) years. He attended Grambling College (now Grambling State University) from 1948 to 1952. He was Class President from 1950 to 1952 and a member of the varsity basketball team. Dr. Jones graduated from Grambling College in 1952 receiving a B.S. degree in Education. In 1961, he received a B.A. degree in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College (Texas). He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1951. He served for ten (10) years as one of the Vice Presidents of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. and in 1985 was elected as President of this august body.
He has also served as Chairman of the organization’s Social Justice Commission and is a member of larger denominational groups including the Baptist World Alliance, the Congress of National Black Churches, and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Dr. Jones is a capable and respected pulpiteer who has preached in almost every state in the nation. He is a world traveler who has journeyed to every continent. Additionally, he has preached on several continents.
Dr. Jones holds more than eight honorary doctoral degrees. Including Doctorate of Sacred Theology and Doctorate of Humanities. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and a 32° Mason. He has been the recipient of a multitude of national, regional state and local honors, awards and inductions by many religious, civic, and/or social organizations.
With regard to faith based economic development, Dr. Jones is leading by example. At the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, his God-given vision of Galilee: A City Within A City is becoming a reality as more than thirty acres of inner city property are being dedicated to the Implementation of the Kingdom’s Agenda through housing developments, educational complexes, recreational facilities, and businesses. On May 16, 2004, the ribbon cutting ceremony announcing the opening of Galilee City Apartments was held. This upscale gated complex is just one of many revitalization plans for Galilee City. On June 5, 2005, a monument dedication ceremony was observed at the north entrance to Galilee City.
Active in the fight for civil rights, Dr. Jones filed the legal suit to desegregate the Caddo Parish School System in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is distinguished as one of the first blacks to serve in an elected office of the State of Louisiana. In addition to being a minister, civil rights activist and social builder, Dr. Jones has also worked as an elementary school teacher, principal and upper elementary school coach. He is married to the former Miss Leslie Alexander. The couple is the parents of one son and three daughters. They have nine grandchildren and all reside in Shreveport.
Dr. Jones continues to be a pacesetter for religious leaders, truly a “God-Chosen leader”. His genuine commitment to the “Kingdom’s Agenda” outshines all other responsibilities.