Dr. ERNEST A. JONES
On April 12, 2018, Rev. Dr. Ernest A. Jones received the call to the office of Senior Pastor at Bethany Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Ottawa, Kansas. Pastor Jones has served at Forest Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, the Salvation Army, and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Pastor Jones has twenty-five years of ministerial experience serving on national and international platforms.
Pastor Jones received his B. A. in Human Relations and MBA from Mid America Nazarene University. Dr. Jones received his DMin from St. Paul School of Theology with a specialization in revitalizing congregations. His emphasis in the doctoral study is mass incarceration of African Americans, a theology combating racialized social control. Pastor Jones has served as MOKAN President of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ), The Salvation Army National Correctional Services Committee in Alexandrea Virginia and Territorial Corrections Committee in Chicago Illinois.
Other areas of service include the Congressional Black Cabinet for Kansas Congressional Representative Dennis Moore and Program Manager for Corrections Corporation of America in Leavenworth Kansas. Dr. Jones has received the 140th Congress of Corrections “Excellence in Corrections” awarded by the American Correctional Association, Friends of Yates Black Man of Distinction, Kansas City Know Joey Award, and state of Kansas volunteer Chaplain of the Year. Pastor Jones has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the disenfranchised communities across Kansas and Missouri.
As a consensus builder, Dr. Jones has created and developed several programs to assist the marginalized such as Discovery camp, a camp for children that have a parent or parents incarcerated, New Beginnings Reentry Program (NBRP), a program assisting men as they transition from incarceration to community. The Joshua Project, a juvenile delinquency program created for juveniles expelled from the traditional learning institution and Rides to Reconciliation, a program providing transportation for families to visit their loved ones caught in the snare of incarceration.
The driving force is his calling by God to seek solutions that challenge the forces responsible for systemic inequality and socio-economic disenfranchisement. Pastor Jones states, "When you have found your purpose in life, pursue it with your whole heart, and you will live without regret.”
Rev. Dr. Ernest A. Jones