2014 Baccalaureate Speaker
Reverend Dr. Clifford A. Jones Sr. has served as Senior Minister of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte since October 1982. The church’s current 108.5 acres on 3400 Beatties Ford Road is being developed for an intergenerational day care facility, commercial block, assisted-living for seniors, alzheimer’s center, hospice, single family dwellings, park shelter, amphitheater, offices and more.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Maryland State College and Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He went on to earn the degree of Doctor of Ministry from Boston School of Theology and has studied at Regents Park College in Oxford, England and Baptist Theological Seminary in Ruschlikon, Switzerland.
Rev. Jones has made a global impact by leading a delegation from his church to Winterveldt School in Mabopane, South Africa to partner in a project to build a fully equipped Christian educational center for grades K-12. Under his leadership, a farm was purchased and three greenhouses built to grow vegetables for sale and a brick making machine for building houses and business offices in an effort to create economic interdependence.
He also led numerous medical and religious mission teams in Jamaica, Africa, and Guyana, South America for children and families struggling in poverty.
A strong supporter of senior citizen programs, Rev. Jones initiated the city’s first satellite center for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers. For his efforts he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 for his contributions and leadership in making the community a better place to live, work, worship and raise a family.
Rev. Jones is married to the former Carolyn Brenda Reynolds. They are the proud parents of Mrs. E. Renee Darity, Rev. Michelle A. Jones, Pastor C. Anthony Jones Jr. and Alexa Mariah Fortune-Jones.