American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Christian Sympathy Earnest Jones



A funeral service celebrating the life of Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones, age 56, of Newark and formerly of Brooklyn, New York will be held on Saturday, February 3, at First Baptist Church of Newark, 1000 Granville St., Newark.

Dr. Jones passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the Selma Markowitz Care Center (operated by Hospice of Central Ohio).

He was born on October 24, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Ernest and Minnie Ree (Robertson) Jones. He graduated from Southeastern High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1985.

Dr. Jones gave his life to Christ as an adolescent, and by the age of 12 was a licensed preacher. For over 40 years, he devoted his life to the Gospel ministry.

He received his Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton, Massachusetts in 1989. In 1994, Dr. Jones became the first African American to assume an executive level position with the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, serving as Church Missions Director. In 1998, Dr. Jones was called to serve as the Senior Pastor of the Greenwood Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. Under his pastorate, the church experienced increased spiritual vitality, repositioning itself as a community-based congregation for 21st century ministry.

Dr. Jones served as the Executive Minister of The American Baptist Churches of Ohio, beginning in 2016.

In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Dr. Jones enjoyed spending time with his family and was an avid reader. He liked to watch sci-fi movies and enjoyed astronomy. He was an excellent baker, baking delicious rolls and sweet potato pies. He was tech savvy, enjoyed playing golf, loved to sing, and enjoyed learning the piano and guitar.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Denise S. Jones, whom he married on August 10, 1985; a son, Adam H. (Sieara) Jones; a daughter, Candace A. Jones; a brother Johnny; five sisters, Mary, Viola, Mary Ernestine, Joyce, and Deborah.

He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Alexander. He also leaves behind a plethora of nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Saturday, February 3, from 10 a.m.- Noon at The First Baptist Church of Newark, 1000 Granville Rd Newark, Newark.

Memorial contributions may be made in In Dr. Jones’s name to ABC Ohio or to The Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio, Post Office Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058.