Week Nine August 20 - 27, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Kirk Byron Jones

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Kirk is a graduate of Loyola University and Andover Newton Theological School, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Drew University.

A pastor for over thirty years,  Kirk was the founding minister of     Beacon Light Baptist Church in New Orleans, and Senior Minister at Calvary Baptist Church, Chester, PA; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Boston, MA; and the First Baptist Churches of  Randolph, Whitman, and Tewksbury  MA. Throughout his pastoral ministry, Kirk has served on various religious and civic committees at the local and national level.  

An adjunct  professor of ethics, preaching, and pastoral ministry at Andover Newton Theological School, Kirk serves as guest preacher and teacher at churches, schools and conferences throughout the United States. For his past and continuing ministry with seminarians and the clergy, he is affectionately referred to as "The Preacher’s Teacher".

Kirk was part of the leadership for the UCC Jazz for the Journey event which    focused on Jazz as a liturgical expression.  Two of his books which focus heavily on the contributions of Jazz to ministry and leadership are The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach with Great Freedom and Joy, and the newly released, Fulfilled: Living and Leading with Unusual, Wisdom, Peace, and Joy, both published by Abingdon Press.

He is married to Mary Brown-Jones. They have 4 adult children, 2 grandchildren, and reside in Randolph, MA.