The Reverend Marlon Everett Jones serves as the Senior Pastor of Franklin Street Baptist Church, in Mobile, Alabama. Since his arrival in 2012, Jones has helped the church transition into becoming a cutting edge 21st century ministry through dynamic leadership, spiritual teaching, and biblical preaching. This is evident as the church celebrates time honored traditions while employing new ministry methods and technology. During Jones’ short tenure, the church has grown in attendance and membership, acquired rental property, launched a children’s church, established a contemporary worship service, began a weekly radio ministry, incorporated new media into worship, and significantly increase the budget. The church is reaping a harvest of renewed visibility in the community through the outreach and evangelistic activities such as the Emergency Coat Drive, the Perishable Food Benevolence, and the Rated “R” Worship service.
In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Jones serves as Executive Director for the 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile, Inc. He is responsible for leading the staff and members of this non-profit organization. which focuses on Mentoring, Education, Economic Development, and Health & Wellness in challenged communities. In 2015, under his leadership the local chapter received the National Chapter of the Year Award for its work in Education.
Prior to ministry at Franklin Street, Reverend Jones served as the Pastor of Worship for the Macedonia Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, under the leadership of the late Reverend Jason A. Barr, Jr. He was responsible for providing pastoral leadership and administrative oversight to the church’s worship services, music and arts ministry, media and marketing; while maintaining an active preaching schedule in the church’s pulpit. He also served as a full-time staff minister for the Union Baptist Church, in Durham, North Carolina (Dr. Kenneth R. Hammond-Senior Pastor), for 7 years. During this time, Jones was responsible for the 4,500 member church’s music, media, and technology ministries. Under Jones’ leadership, the music ministry at Union grew from nearly 75 people to more than 250. He was responsible for a staff of 22 paid musicians and 30 media volunteers. At this juncture, Jones was ordained into the Gospel Ministry through the East Cedar Grove Baptist Association. Through Union’s relationship with the Lott Carey Foreign Missions, Jones was afforded the opportunity to serve as a missionary/evangelist throughout Guyana, in South America.
He is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. He has begun working on an Masters of Divinity degree from the historic Shaw University, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has done further studies at Alabama A&M University, and the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Reverend Jones is an active part of the community which is evident in his roles as President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance,
the former Religious and Community Affairs Chairperson of the NAACP, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a mentor for several schools, and as one of the Mayor’s Spiritual Advisors. His leadership is also being utilized on a national level as an inaugural fellow of the Bailey-Sullivan Leadership Institute of the Black Alliance of Educational Options. He was named by Mobile Bay Magazine as one of the region’s Top 40 Leaders Under 40, in 2014. Additionally, In 2008, he was selected to become a member of Leadership North Ca
rolina — a leadership program for the state’s top leaders. He also founded The Proclamation, a community newspaper that voiced the concerns and focused on the achievements of the minority community.
Finally, Jones is a family man. He is married to Attorney Keava Boswell and they have two sons, Elias and Everett.