Reverend Howard E. Jones, Jr.
Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Reverend Howard E. Jones, Jr. serves as the Senior Pastor of Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church, in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. He has served as the leader of this historic Church in both interim and permanent positions, since 1989.
This anointed Man of God was ordained on April 9, 1989, and has served Fairfield since that time, when he was named interim Pastor. He was officially installed as Fairfield’s 10th Pastor on February 25, 1990, during the 102nd anniversary of the Church, continuing a pastoral lineage dating back to 1883.
The extent of Reverend Jones’s ministry goes beyond the church walls and the pulpit. He has established the position of Pastor as mutually a place where salvation joins education, with sermons that are both inspirational and scholarly. As a visionary, he has led the charge to expand the Fairfield footprint throughout Metropolitan Nashville;
As a product of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Pastor Jones is a strong advocate of education both within the classroom and beyond. A graduate of Whites Creek High School, he earned his bachelor of science degree in sociology and his master’s degree in education from Tennessee State University, in Nashville. He also attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. A learned scholar in Biblical Studies, he attended American Baptist College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to his formal education, Reverend Jones has pursued opportunities for independent study and apprenticeships with such prominent religious leaders as the late Bishop Michael Lee Graves, Reverend Foster G. Young and Rev. T. E. Sweeney. Accepting his call to Christ at an early age, his spiritual mentors include Reverend Oscar C. Myles and affectionately, Mother Gladys Haley.
A dynamic and energetic pastor, Reverend Jones conducts a 20-minute Leadership call for daily inspiration, weekdays at 6 a.m., now in its 4th season. Pastor Jones believes one’s actions within the church must also be exhibited outside the church. His philosophy is:
“You can’t teach what you don’t know, and you can’t lead where you won’t go.”
Professionally, he has served as a probation officer with the Juvenile Detention Court of Davidson County. He has also worked in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System for more than 25 years, holding positions that include instructor, curriculum and assessment coach, and assistant principal, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School, as well as Whites Creek and McGavock high schools among others. Currently he serves as assistant principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School, providing a diverse population of learners becoming scholars and achievers. Reverend Jones has also served as a guest lecturer in the Department of Education at Belmont University.
Rev. Jones is a Prince Hall Mason and a recipient of the Pink Tie Award from the American Cancer Society of Davidson County. He has also a recipient of the Community Service Award on behalf of the Fairfield Church from the Dr. Bobby Jones Matinee broadcast internationally on the Impact Network. Additionally, he has received numerous awards and certificates throughout his career.
Pastor Jones is the son of the late Howard E. Jones, Sr. and Barbara Jones, a member of the Fairfield congregation. He is the proud father of two adult children, Attorney Ashea Elizabeth Jones and Howard E. Jones, III.