Rev. Dr. Christopher Michael Jones
“All things are possible through Christ Jesus who strengthens us”
Founder and Spiritual Director of the grassroots movement ‘The Love Mob,’ The Reverend Dr. Christopher Michael Jones currently serves as the twelfth Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Hillside in Hillside, NJ. Prior to receiving the call to serve as pastor of FBC-Hillside, Dr. Jones served as Pastor of Preaching and Teaching at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, TN under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas and Pastoral Liaison to Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr. at The Cathedral International in Perth Amboy, NJ.
A native of St. Albans, Queens and Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Jones graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University as a National Merit Scholar and earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary with a concentration in Theology and Culture. In the spring of 2011, Dr. Jones earned his Doctor of Ministry degree at Memphis Theological Seminary with a concentration in Preaching and Pastoral Care in the African American tradition. Dr. Jones also studied Religion and Society as a Graduate Fellow at Christ Church College, University of Oxford under the tutelage of Bishop Peter M. Selby – The Church of England’s appointed Bishop to Her Majesty’s (Queen Elizabeth II) Prisons.
Dr. Jones currently serves as Visiting Professor of Preaching and Worship at New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS). He also is Co-Mentor of the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling at NBTS. Dr. Jones has also served as Guest Lecturer of Faith and Public Policy at Long Island University, Visiting Professor of Pastoral Administration at NBTS, and as Distinguished Lecturer for Preaching at the Lloyd John Ogilvie Preaching Institute-Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.
Most recently, Dr. Jones was appointed Chaplain of the Hillside Police and Fire Department in Hillside, NJ. He is the first African American to be appointed to such a position in Hillside’s 100-year history.
Dr. Jones has also been given the distinct honor of being inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers, Board of Sponsors, Collegium of Scholars and College of Pastoral Leadership in recognition of his contributions to actualizing the Dream articulated by The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over a half century ago. Having been selected to join a select group of distinguished preachers/pastors from all over the world, Dr. Jones has been given charge to serve as an official ambassador of peace for the Ultimate Beloved World Economic Community.
In October 2017, Dr. Jones was consecrated by the hand of the Presiding Prelate Bishop H. Curtis Douglas as an Overseer in the Covenant Fellowship Alliance (C.F.A.). C.F.A. was founded by its Establishmentarian and Presiding Bishop Emeritus Donald Hilliard Jr. with a commitment to “Strengthening Pastors, Leaders and Churches” through Connection, Accountability, Resources, and Empowerment.
A former multi-platinum Hip Hop and R & B record producer, community activist, grassroots organizer and much sought-after preacher for men, organizational leadership, church growth and urban renewal, Dr. Jones released his first book in 2007 entitled What to Expect When You’re Accepted: An African American Christian’s Guide to college (Judson press) and is currently working on his second work From Nas to B.I.G.: A Former Multiplatinum Producer’s Reflection on the Intersection of Hip Hop, Black Narcotics Trafficking, and Black Entrepreneurship During the Second Golden Age of Hip Hop (1993-1997).
Dr. Jones is also a contributing writer to Gospel Today, EBONY Magazine, Black Collegiate Magazine, and Precious Times Magazine. Dr. Jones served as a lectionary contributor to The African American Lectionary, the first ever resource created for pastors, preachers, and scholars highlighting the genius liturgical traditions common to the Black Church that express the richness of the African American worship experience.
Dr. Jones partners in ministry with his lovely wife, the former Nikki Michelle Etheridge. They have three wonderful children: Jordan, Taylor, and Imani.
166 Hillside Avenue Hillside, NJ 07205
Sunday Worship 10:30 am Wednesday Bible Study 7:00pm