Bishop J. L. Jones, Sr. was born an only child to Rosalie Jones in Natchez, MS. At the age of 11, he moved to Chicago and was educated in the Chicago Public School System. Upon making friends with one of the pastor’s daughters, he visited the Victory Apostolic Faith Church and in 1967 was baptized in Jesus name and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. God’s work was just beginning…
After enlisting in the US Army, he later became a Sunday School Teacher at House of Prayer in Columbus, GA where he was stationed. Once back from the service, he became Sunday School Superintendent at Victory and eventually God called him to the ministry in 1980. God’s amazing plan was still in motion…
In just three short years, Elder Jones was elevated to Assistant Pastor of Victory Apostolic Faith Church and in 1987, became the Pastor of the Apostolic Assembly of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was elevated to District Elder the following year and assumed the diocese of the founding pastor, which included 65 churches in Nigeria, Africa. In 1991, he was elevated to the Bishopric, where he received jurisdiction as 13th Episcopal Bishop of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith, Incorporated and currently serves as the General Secretary.
God’s hand was also upon Bishop Jones in the secular world. In 1977, he began his career with the City of Chicago Fire Department as a Firefighter. Less than 10 years later, after serving in a series of other positions, he was promoted to Exempt Rank and as of June 30, 2005 he retired from his dual role as the Assistant Fire Commissioner and Chief Officer of Diversity.
Bishop Jones has attended the Moody Bible Institute, Midwest Apostolic Bible College and Trinity Bible College. In 1997, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Pentecostal Bible College. He was also the recipient of the 1999 United Negro College Fund’s Distinguished Leadership Award and the One Church One School 2007 Religious Leader of the Year Award.
Real Estate investments include properties in Bronzeville/Englewood, Gresham Park, Washington Park, Olympia Fields and Port Malabar, Florida.
Bishop Jerry L. Jones is the president of the Brownlow, Belton, Sullivan & Arms, a non-for-profit organization; he assisted in the development of the seven-story, $20 million Hancock House senior complex, and an idea which began 25-years ago as the dream of three missionaries one of whom is still alive today. The Hancock House an 89-unit building at 12045 S. Emerald St., Chicago, IL in the West Pullman community, which housed low-income senior citizens. The housing project started out as an idea among three missionaries, Hattie C. Brownlow, Mother Essie Belton and Dr. Lula Mae Sullivan who were 25-years younger at the time.
March 2014, Bishop Jones was selected as the Diocesan Bishop of the Illinois State Council of the PCAF.
Pastor Jones and his wife, LaVerne, have six biological children; Jerry II (deceased), Jerry III, Angela, Savoy, Cynthenia and Marcus: seven grandchildren; Christopher, Camille, Zion, Chloe, Zoe, Jada and Zephaniah and celebrated 40 years of marriage on August 30, 2009. The Jones family was highlighted in 1991 when Ebony Magazine did a 3-page, featured story on Bishop Jones. As they put it, he’s “The Firefighting Bishop” who puts out fires in the natural and sets fires ablaze in the Spirit!