1885 Society Dinner Fall 2022

November 17, 2022

7:00 p.m. EST

Guest Speaker:
Rev. Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr.
Senior Minister
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte NC

Rev. Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr. Bio:

Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr., born in Philadelphia and reared in New Jersey, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Maryland State College (Princess Ann, MD), Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC); and his 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 Pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC since October 1982.

Dr. Jones led a delegation of members from FMBC and formed a partnership in the Winterveldt community in South Africa. There, FMBC purchased land and developed a farm, built three greenhouses, dug a well, installed an irrigation system, bought a tractor and brick making machine as well as constructed a building for a sewing factory. The farming, brick making, and raising crops of vegetables were designed to create jobs, have fresh vegetables for sale in the community and create economic interdependence with our South African brothers and sisters.

Dr. Jones 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 indeed been manifested upon Dr. Jones’ gifts and talents and the Friendship family with the ownership of 115 acres in Charlotte, NC. This land is also being developed to provide a Commercial Block, Assisted Living for Seniors, Single Family Dwellings, and recently developed Friendship Sportsplex and Intergenerational Day Care (CORA’s).

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.

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 (II), born June 25, 2018, and Miss Maria Deneen Jones, born March 30, 2022.

Leadership Positions/Current and Former:

Board of Directors, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc. (The Housing Partnership), 2018 – present

Board of Directors, National USA Foundation, Inc., Nashville, TN, 2012-present

Board of Directors, Faith Partnerships Inc., Raleigh, NC, 2011-2018

Commission Chair, Peace and Reconciliation Commission, Baptist World Alliance, Falls Church, VA, 2015 – 2020

Board of Trustees, Morris College, 2013-2019

Board of Trustees, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC, 2006-2015

Chairman of the Governance Committee, National Baptist Convention of USA, Inc. Nashville, TN, 2009-2014

Vice President, Baptist World Alliance, Falls Virginia, VA, 2005-2010

Corporate Advisory Committee, New York Boys Choir, 1994-2001

President, Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention, Washington, DC, 1994-1997

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

Religion Award, Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, 2020

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 Award, 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

Published Works - Author and Contributor:

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

1885 Society Dinner Location:
Hood Theological Seminary
Aymer Center
1810 Lutheran Synod Dr., Salisbury, NC 28144

For further questions, please contact Rev. Dr. Reginald Boyd, Jr. at rboyd@hoodseminary.edu or 704-636-6455.

This is a ticketed event, which will be an additional way to raise funds to support Student Scholarships. The 1885 Society Dinner is the signature fundraiser for the Hood Theological Seminary National Alumni Association (HTSNAA). All the funds raised from this annual event support the HTSNAA Student Scholarship Fund.

Tickets Now On Sale: $50.00 Each

Directions to Register:
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