David Lee Jones, ThD

Job Title: 

Affiliate Professor of Pastoral Theology




Th.D., Emory University (1999), Pastoral Counseling; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary (1982); B.A., Messiah College (1978), Bible/Communication; A.A.S. Sullivan County Community College (1987), Drug & Alcohol Abuse Counseling


Dr. David Jones was born and raised in Bloomfield, New Jersey and nurtured in Bethel Presbyterian Church where he was ordained a Deacon at 17 years old. He sensed a call to ministry from early childhood, but was officially endorsed as a candidate by his home congregation while in college.

He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in October 1982 and served as Assistant pastor of Southampton Presbyterian Church, Southampton, NY—the oldest Presbyterian Church in the United States (founded 1640). He then served as solo pastor of congregations in Jeffersonville and Roscoe, NY. While there, he graduated Valedictorian with a degree in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling from Sullivan County Community College. David completed a year of CPE at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA in 1988 and graduated from the Doctor of Theology program in Pastoral Counseling at Emory University in 1999 where his doctoral research focused on helping persons wounded by problem drinkers discover forgiveness.

He pastored two Presbyterian Churches in Atlanta Presbytery while finishing his Th.D. degree and received Atlanta Presbytery’s Small Church Pastor of the Year Award and the church simultaneously received The Small Church of the Year Award. He also served as the Executive Director of the Harmony Grove Counseling Center (a Methodist Church-based pastoral counseling center). For over a decade he worked nights as an emergency room Crisis Counselor for several county mental health centers. He is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

From 2003 to 2012 he directed Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program. He served a two year term as President of The Association for Doctor of Ministry Education (ADME). David received all three of ADME’s awards: The Barnabas Award; ADME’s highest award: The Outstanding Leadership Award in Doctor of Ministry Education; and The Past President’s Award.

He has been studying and implementing Bowen family systems theory for over 35 years, and is a popular speaker/consultant on leadership development and conflict management. He has authored numerous academic articles and his essay: “Peace is Systemic” won first place in Bethany Theological Seminary’s Peace Essay Writing Contest. He taught at the Seminary of the Southwest’s (Episcopal) master’s degree programs in Chaplaincy and Counseling from 2008 to 2018.





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