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Ray Jones named director of Theology, Formation and Evangelism

Former evangelism leader and interim director will lead ministry area

by Melody K. Smith | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE – The Presbyterian Mission Agency announced today that it has named the Rev. Dr. Ray Jones III as the new director of Theology, Formation & Evangelism (TFE).

The Rev. Dr. Ray Jones III

“Ray has a heart for evangelism and all that encompasses. The foundation of his faith is built on the person and work of Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, the executive director and president of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. “I believe he will continue to lead this vital ministry area with the same dedication and energy that has blessed him and the Mission Agency thus far.”

Jones has been serving as the interim director since fall 2017, and associate director for evangelism at the Mission Agency for eight years prior. With a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, he has also served the church as a pastor in congregations in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

“I love the church and I am humbled by this call to serve God,” Jones said. My desire is to continue to walk in the way of Jesus — just like Matthew 25 calls us to do — so that the world is saturated with God’s love.”

The ministry area was instituted from most of the programs and staff from Theology, Worship and Education and Evangelism and Church Growth, and has been in place since 2015. TFE brings together ministries that form and transform disciples, leaders, congregations and new worshiping communities.

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