Our Pastor
Reverend Dr. Ronald E. Jones
Senior  Pastor
Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Jones, a dedicated, committed servant of God, was recently elected to serve as the
thirteenth senior pastor of the historic New Hope Baptist Church, the oldest African American Church in
Dallas, Texas organized in 1873 by African Americans. Rev. Jones served as Interim Pastor on four different
occasions and in many other capacities at New Hope prior to being elected as the senior pastor.  His
background as associate pastor, professional Christian counselor, certified temperament counselor, certified
mediator, experienced negotiator, and parliamentarian, along with over thirty one years in executive
management, enables him to maximize his skills and talents for Christian service. In addition, he has served
as “advisor’ to several churches in their pastoral search.

Rev. Dr Ronald Jones was born and raised in Dallas and graduated from James Madison High School in
1962.  He earned his Baccalaureate Degree from Dallas Baptist University, a Master of Science Degree in
Human Relations and Business Management from Abilene Christian University, and a Doctorate Degree in
Clinical Christian Counseling from Cornerstone University.

Dr. Jones was elected as Mayor of the City of Garland in 2007.  He is currently serving his third and final
term as the Mayor of the City of Garland which is the 10th largest city in Texas and 86th largest city in the
nation with a population of over 228,000.  Mayor Jones was the Assistant City Manager for the City of
Garland for five and one-half years of the 29 years that he served in city government.  He had cumulative
oversight of over 14 departments during his tenure at the City.  After his retirement in May 2005, he served as
management Consultant to the City Manager and helped set up a Relief center for the victims of Hurricane
Katrina.  Dr. Jones also served as parliamentarian to the Mayor and City Council.  He is a graduate of the
first Leadership Garland Class.  He also served as an adjunct professor of business for 10 years at El Centro
College in Dallas.

As a servant leader, Rev. Dr. Ronald jones is involved in many Christian and civic organizations which
include: National Christian Counselors Association, National Association of Parliamentarians; Regional
Transportation Council Board member;  North Texas Commission Board of Directors; U.S. Conference of
Mayors Transportation Committee and International Affairs Committee;  Kiwanis Club of Garland; Garland
Chamber of Commerce; Garland Summer Musicals; Metroplex Mayors (past president); Garland Citizens
Police Academy Alumni Association, Garland Asian American Task Force; Garland Area Hispanic Affairs
Association; UTD Institute of Public Affairs Advisory Council;  Economic Development Steering Committee;
Luna Elementary School Campus Improvement Team; Garland Landmark Society; and life member of PTA
and NAACP.

Some of his most recent honors and awards include:  inductee in Elite News Ministers Hall of Fame; South
Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Trailblazer Award; Maurine Bailey Community Service Award;
and the Dallas Baptist University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011.  Dr. Jones is in demand as a speaker,
trainer, and he is also a gifted artist

Dr. Jones is a devoted husband of 46 years to his lovely wife Dr. Peggy R. Jones. He is an honorable father of
two sons.  The eldest son Ronald E. Jones II (Martha) is an attorney and the youngest son is Retired NFL
Player, Daryl Jones (Kamica) who played for the Giants, Bears, and Vikings. Daryl currently serves as the
Director of Youth at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship under the pastorate of Dr. Tony Evans and he is working on
his doctorate degree at Southwest Theological Seminary.  Mayor Jones and Peggy have seven granddaughters
and one grandson.

After serving three consecutive terms as Mayor of the City of Garland, Texas, Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Jones now
serves as the Senior Pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church.  He is actively engaged in the community and
serves on various Boards across the North Texas area.
Celebrating 140 Years:  
Dallas' Oldest African-American Christian Witness,
Founded in 1873 by African-Americans
5002 s. Central expressway
Dallas, Texas
75215