Dr. Clifford Jones to Speak at WSSU Fall Commencement

December 6, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr. of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, will serve as the keynote speaker for Winston-Salem State University’s Fall Commencement Ceremony on Friday, December 17, at 4 p.m. in the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

   Jones has served as senior minister at Friendship since 1983. His son, Clifford A. Jones, Jr., is currently pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
   A noted community activist in race relations and education, Jones has served on the boards of Crisis Ministry, A Child's Place and the National Conference for Community and Justice in Charlotte.  He was most instrumental in creating an art exhibit, "Like a Prayer," which intertwined art from the African-American and Jewish cultures to support community diversity.  Jones is also a strong supporter of senior citizen programs; his church provided the first satellite center for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers over 10 years ago.  This year, Jones led Friendship Church to develop a transitional housing and support program for homeless women.
   Additionally, Jones has organized mission teams of doctors, nurses, technicians and teachers to provide needed healthcare, medical supplies and educational training in Jamaica, Africa and Guyana for children and families struggling in poverty.  His church formed a partnership with Winterveldt School in Mabopane, South Africa, that has led to the purchasing and building of a fully equipped educational center, as well as creating a route to economic interdependence through growing vegetables for sale of and making bricks.
   Jones has served on the Board of Trustees at Winston-Salem State as well as Shaw University and Divinity School. He is on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and the Bio-Ethics Resource Committee.  Jones also serves on the Advisory Board for Mechanics and Farmers Bank in Charlotte, the Community Advisory Council for the Mint Museum, Corporate Advisory Committee for the New York Boys Choir and the President’s Advisory Council for Hood Theological Seminary.
    A recipient of the Governor’s the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his community work, Jones has also received the City of Charlotte King Medallion Award, N.C. NAACP Humanitarian Award and the Charlotte Senior Centers Lifetime Achievement Award.
   Jones earned his B.S. degree from Maryland State College, his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Boston School of Theology. He has also studied at Regent’s Park College in Oxford, England, and Baptist Theological Seminary in Ruschlikon, Switzerland.

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