OUR SENIOR PASTOR | Dr. Dwight C. Jones
Dwight C. Jones is a dedicated public servant who has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for the residents of the City of Richmond and the Commonwealth of Virginia. First elected to the Virginia State Legislature in 1993, Mayor Jones has distinguished himself as a highly effective visionary leader who is focused on results. During his tenure, he successfully championed initiatives and programs designed to protect the most vulnerable, improve and expand educational opportunities, stimulate economic growth, create jobs, and keep Richmond’s streets and neighborhoods safe.
In November 2008, he was elected to the Office of Mayor, where he has continued his strong commitment to the City of Richmond. His theme, “Building the Best Richmond,” reflects his promise and commitment to lead Richmond into a Tier One City.
Dr. Jones’ service spans forty years as Senior Pastor of the historic First Baptist Church of South Richmond. He has led the congregation in expanding its ministry to the county of Chesterfield, where the church holds a third worship service and is building a second worship site. The worshipers at this site have grown from 15 families to almost four hundred. Dr. Jones is founder of the South Richmond Senior Center; founder of the Imani Intergenerational Community Development Corporation, where he led the CDC in an affordable housing project of, 68 apartments and 23,000 square feet of retail space.
Dr. Jones is a gifted preacher and leader. He earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Union Theological School in Dayton, Ohio and his Masters of Divinity and Bachelors of Science degrees from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va. He is the proud recipient of several honorary degrees, numerous honors, and awards. He has three children Brent, Derik and Nichole, and four grandchildren, Bryce, Mandel, Miles, and Regan.
OUR PASTOR | Dr. Derik Elton Jones
Derik Elton Jones is the pastor of the historic First Baptist Church of South Richmond, Virginia serving with his father Dr. Dwight C. Jones who after 37 years is still the church’s Senior Pastor. First Baptist Church of South Richmond is a pillar in the Richmond community as it continues to grow with a membership well over 3,000 and the construction of Imani Village a 4 phase building project that will manifest a 2000 seat cathedral and family life center being built at a second location in neighboring Chesterfield county.
Pastor Jones is a graduate with honors from Virginia Union University where he double majored in history and political science. He is also a graduate of The Divinity School at Yale University, where his concentration lied in biblical studies. Pastor Jones holds an earned Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied with one the great preaching voices of the past 50 years, Dr. Haddon Robinson. His doctoral dissertation focused on new paradigms for creativity in preaching in the 21st Century black church.
Dr. Jones sits on the Board of Directors of the Imani Community Development Corporation that brings affordable housing and employment opportunity to the South Richmond Community on behalf of First Baptist Church of South Richmond as well as the board of directors of the Greater Richmond YMCA. Dr. Jones currently sits on the Richmond School Board where he represents the 8th district
Dr. Jones has two siblings: one brother Dwight Brenton, and a twin sister Nichole Danielle. He is married to his lovely wife, Tamara Elise. They are the parents of a 6-year-old daughter, Raegan McKinley.
He also takes great pride in the fact that he is the fifth generation of preachers in his family.