Biography of: Bishop Matthew A. Jones, Sr.
Dr. Matthew A. Jones, Sr. was born the 7th child of Mrs. Cecile M. Wheatley and Mr. William E. Jones, Sr. in Springfield, Illinois. He has 12 brothers and sisters; Loretta (deceased), William, Jr (deceased), Michael, Allen, Kevin, Ken (adopted), Lisa, Anthony, Linda, James, Jr (deceased), Lesley, and Mason (adopted). His mother later remarried Mr. James T. Woodson who reared Dr. Jones and his brothers and sisters. He was a baptized member of Union Baptist Church in Springfield under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Rudolph Shoultz for his entire childhood. Dr. Shoultz was a mentor and friend of Dr. Jones until his death in 2000.
Dr. Jones is a 1980 graduate of Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois where he graduated with Honors. After graduation he continued his education at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983, being number 2 in his class. He then attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois receiving a Master of Divinity degree in 1986. God directed him to further his studies and he attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas where he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2000.
During his freshman year at Wiley College, Dr. Jones answered the call of God into the Gospel Ministry.
In the summer of 1999, Dr. Jones met his wife to be, Lisa R. Moshay. They were married June 10, 2000. They have 4 children: Erika Tenisha, Malindiene Elizabeth, Matthew Alfred, Jr., and Kendrick Earl, 1 grandson: Jasiah Dejuan, and 1 granddaughter: JaLeigh Brené. In April 2013 Bishop & First Lady Jones became foster parents to two sisters, Paige and Shelby.
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