MICHAEL F. JONES, SR.
SPIRITUAL & COMMUNITY LEADER, VISIONARY
AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Reverend Michael Fulton Jones, Sr. has a great enthusiasm for God's Word and people. His commitment is exemplified through service and by living the principle based on "the least of these." At the heart of this principle is the belief that God can take the life of those counted out, the oppressed, the overlooked and by His grace change lives and raise a standard allowing them to walk in a new way of life.
Pastor Michael F. Jones is a highly recognized community and spiritual leader who serves with excellence and integrity as Senior Pastor of Friendly Temple M.B. Church. He has made a significant impact in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area with a special focus on community revitalization, outreach and development. Through his efforts, over $100+ million dollars has been invested in the St. Louis metropolitan area and surrounding communities.
In 1996, Pastor Jones created Robert Fulton Community Development, Inc. and also serves as Board Chairman. Robert Fulton was designed to invest in the North St. Louis community area and provide developmental programs to enrich the lives of residents. This advocacy has and continues to promote stable communities that result in self-sufficiency, empowerment, and growth. Throughout the years, many programs were birthed from Robert Fulton Development, Inc. that includes but is not limited to the Arlington Grove Project, job training and placement, the VITA Tax Program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and the Drug and Alcohol program entitled, “Free N One,” plus much more.
In 2003, the Friendly Senior Village Apartments were established, through funding from HUD and a partnership with St. Andrew’s Management Services, with a mission in mind to empower elders to live a wholesome, productive and secure life in a community of peaceful surroundings. Pastor Jones currently serves as Board President of Friendly Village Apartments which has 110 apartment units.
Pastor Jones has many affiliations with other organizations and serves on boards such as Mission Metro St Louis, Francis Schaffer Institute, 100 Black Men, ARCHS and Missouri Baptist University.
Pastor Jones’ educational accomplishments include an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with minors in Marketing and Management. He attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri where he received his Master of Arts Degree in General Theological Studies. Pastor Jones has also studied extensively abroad in Rome, France, Switzerland and Jerusalem.
He and his wife, Phyllis, are proud parents of three children, Kawonza (Angus), Michael, II (Brittany) and Joshua and the proud grandparents of granddaughter Nyla Camille (Angus and Kawonza) and grandson Michael, III (Michael and Brittany).