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Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, as the second son to the late Frederick and Ora Mae Jones, Kirk Byron Jones is a graduate of Loyola University and Andover Newton Theological School, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Drew University.

A pastor for over thirty years, Dr. Jones was the founding minister of Beacon Light Baptist Church in New Orleans, and Senior Minister at Calvary Baptist Church, Chester, PA; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Boston, MA; and the First Baptist Churches of  Randolph, Whitman, and Tewksbury  MA. Throughout his pastoral ministry, Rev. Jones has served on various religious and civic committees at the local and national level.

An adjunct professor of ethics, preaching, and pastoral ministry at Andover Newton Theological School, Dr. Jones serves as guest preacher and teacher at churches, schools and conferences throughout the United States.  His writings have been published in various journals, including The Christian Century, Leadership, and Gospel Today, Pulpit Digest, and The African American Pulpit, a quarterly preaching journal he co-founded in 1997.  For his past and continuing ministry with seminarians and the clergy, he is affectionately referred to as "The Preacher's Teacher".  When not engaged in the holy play of his labor, he enjoys leisurely fun, most especially, listening to jazz, reading, journaling, and playing video games.


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Dr. Jones is married to Mary Brown Jones, whom both Dr. Jones and Zion affectionately call Sis. Bunnie, and they reside in Randolph, MA.  They have 4 adult chidren, Jasmine Savage, Jared, Joya and Jovanna (JoJo) Jones and they also have 3 grandchildren.  Sis. Bunnie has a BA in Sociology from Eastern Nazarene College and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College.  She is currently employed as a Guidance Counselor at Randolph High School.   A beautiful songbird, Sis. Bunnie's ministerial focus is as an inspiriation vocalist - sharing songs that soothe the spirit and comfort the soul and to spread kindness, joy & laughter - which she certainly does!

Dr. Jones is the author of several best-selling books for clergy, and all persons seeking spiritual growth in a changing and challenging world.

His books include the following titles:

Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers

Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down

The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach with Great Freedom and Joy

Morning B.R.E.W.: A Divine Power Drink for Your Soul

The Morning B.R.E.W. Journal

Holy Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose

Say Yes to Grace: How to Burn Bright without Burning Out

The Sacred Seven: How to Create, Manage, and Sustain a Fulfilling Life

Fulfilled: Living and Leading with Unusual Wisdom, Peace, and Joy

Refill: Meditations for Leading with Wisdom, Peace, and Joy

Grace Sparks: Short Reflections to Encourage, Enlighten, and Energize Your Spirit

Calling Forth New Life: Becoming Your Freshest, Finest, and Fullest Self

Just Because You're in a Storm Doesn't Mean the Storm has to be in You: A Meditation for Trying Times

His latest book is entitled, Soul Talk - How to Have the Most Important Conversation of All  is available now on

Dr. Jones is the creator/author of the Facebook page "Yes to Grace" where he offers brief inspirational messages in words and images.  Currently, "Yes to Grace" has over 194,000 subscribers.  For more information about his writing and teaching ministry, you may visit

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Zion Baptist Church
4 Adams St Extension
Lynn, Ma 01902
PH:   (781) 595-0840
FAX:   (781) 595-5730

Rev. Dr. Kirk B. Jones, Pastor
Mary "Bunnie" Jones, First Lady

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