Rev. David Lee Jones graduated from Messiah College with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Communication. He earned his Master’s of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, concentrating in New Testament. He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in October 1982 and served as Assistant pastor of Southampton Presbyterian Church, Southampton, NY—the oldest Presbyterian Church in the United States (founded 1640). He then served as solo pastor of congregations in Jeffersonville and Roscoe, NY. While there, he graduated Valedictorian with a degree in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling from Sullivan County Community College.
David completed a year of CPE at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA in 1988 and graduated from the Doctor of Theology program in Pastoral Counseling at Emory University in 1999 where his doctoral research focused on helping persons wounded by problem drinkers discover forgiveness.
He pastored two Presbyterian Churches in Atlanta Presbytery while finishing his Th.D. degree and received Atlanta Presbytery’s Small Church Pastor of the Year Award. He also served as the Executive Director of the Harmony Grove Counseling Center (a Methodist Church-based pastoral counseling center). For over a decade he worked nights as an emergency room Crisis Counselor for several county mental health centers. He is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
From 2003 to 2012 he directed Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program. He served a two year term as President of the Association for Doctor of Ministry Education, and in 2008 he received that organization’s highest award: The Outstanding Leadership Award in Doctor of Ministry Education.
He has been studying and implementing Bowen family systems theory for over 30 years, and is a popular speaker/consultant on leadership development and conflict management. He has authored numerous academic articles and his essay: “Peace is Systemic” won first place in Bethany Theological Seminary’s Peace Essay Writing Contest.
He has been teaching regularly in the Center program since 2008.