Rev. Verity A. Jones has been tapped by Christian Theological Seminary President Matthew Myer Boulton to lead the new Center for Pastoral Excellence
Jones will oversee a number of programs designed to recruit, train and sustain excellent pastors.
"I am delighted for the opportunity to work with CTS to establish the Center and eager to begin this important work," says Jones.
The Center’s first two projects are The Discipleship Project
and The New Media Project.
The Discipleship Project enrolls 12 promising students each year in a cohort-based, full-time master of divinity program with full scholarships, living stipends and immersive learning experiences, including site visits to thriving congregations across the country and around the world.
The New Media Project helps religious leaders think theologically about technology and new media through research, theological reflection, writing and training. The New Media project will move to CTS from its current home in New York City early this fall.
According to Jones, other programs will be unveiled by the Center in the coming months.
“We are absolutely delighted to have Rev. Jones joining the CTS administrative team,” says Boulton. “Her range of expertise is truly extraordinary, from church ministry to journalism to social media – and each of these areas will inform her visionary leadership of the Center.”
Before coming to CTS, Jones was the project director of the New Media Project and a Research Fellow at Union Theological Seminary.
She is the former publisher and editor of the award-wining magazine, DisciplesWorld and the past president of the Associated Church Press. Her work has also appeared in the Christian Century, Biblical Preaching Journal, and Journal for Preachers. Over the last eight years, she has established herself as a nationally-recognized commentator on religion journalism and the complicated communication needs of religious organizations.
Jones received a bachelor’s degree from Yale College and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. She is an ordained clergy person with joint standing in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Prior to her work with DisciplesWorld magazine, she was Senior Minister of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Terre Haute, Indiana for six years, and Associate Minister of the Colchester Federated Church (ABC/UCC) in Colchester, Connecticut for three years.
Jones has also worked with the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., as the Associate Director. She is a member of the board of directors of the Louisville Institute.
Jones’ father, Joe R. Jones, was the academic dean of CTS and a professor of theology from 1988 to 2000.