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News from the Hill January 24, 2012 | back to index

Jeff Jones to Become Director of Ministry Studies

Jeff Jones

The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey D. Jones, Director of Distance Learning and Associate Professor of Ministerial Leadership, will become Andover Newton’s Director of Ministry Studies beginning this summer. This newly-created position will include responsibility for ministry studies across the School’s spectrum,  from continuing education for clergy to ministry education for the laity. In conjunction with the Dean of the Faculty and the faculty, Jeff will provide leadership for the School’s Field Education Program, Doctor of Ministry Program, and special initiatives in ministry studies such as the Woodbury Leadership Workshop and the LEARN Program. Jeff will continue as Associate Professor of Ministerial Leadership, teaching courses, advising students, and participating in faculty governance.

Jeff brings a rich background to this new role. He graduated with both his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Andover Newton, served American Baptist congregations in New York and New Jersey, and provided leadership in religious education at the national level in the American Baptist Churches, USA.  His publications include Heart, Mind and Strength: Theory and Practice for Congregational Leadership; Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple-Forming Congregations, and Parenting with Love and Laughter:  Finding God in Family Life. As Director of Distance Learning at Andover Newton, Jeff has moved Andover Newton’s online learning programs from a parallel existence into the heart of the School’s educational programs, with virtually all professors now using Web-based technology to connect with students.

Jeff has taught in the Field Education Program’s courses,  the Professor-Practitioner Program (P3), since the model’s inception. He has also supervised Field Education students at First Baptist Church in Plymouth,  from which he will retire in October, 2012. In collaboration with the Dean of the Faculty, Jeff will evaluate the current state of ministry studies at Andover Newton, sustain crucial commitments, and plot new paths ahead for ministerial leadership formation. He will begin in this new role July 1, 2012.