Friendship Missionary Baptist Church - Charlotte
Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr. was born in Philadelphia and reared in New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Maryland State College (Princess Ann, MD), the Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC); and of 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, North Carolina since October 1982. Dr. Jones has led delegations 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 all 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 has 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 an Intergenerational Day Care, Commercial Block, Assisted Living for Seniors, Single Family Dwellings, and recently developed Friendship Sportsplex. 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.