Our Pastor Emeritus
Reverend Dr. Ronald E. Jones
Pastor Emeritus
Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Jones, a dedicated, committed servant of God, is 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

Rev. Dr Ronald Jones is a native of Dallas, TX 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 subsequently served three terms as the
Mayor of the City of Garland which is the 11th 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 and managed millions of dollars.  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:
and life member of PTA and NAACP; National Christian Counselors Association, National Association of
Parliamentarians; Kiwanis Club of Garland; Garland Chamber of Commerce; Garland Summer Musicals;
Garland Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Garland Asian American Task Force; Garland Area
Hispanic Affairs Association and Garland Landmark Society;  While Mayor of Garland, he served on the
Regional Transportation Council Board; North Texas Commission Board of Directors; U.S. Conference of
Mayors Transportation Committee and International Affairs Committee;  UTD Institute of Public Affairs
Advisory Council; Metroplex Mayors (past president);  Economic Development Steering Committee; and Luna
Elementary School Campus Improvement Team;

Some of his most recent honors and awards include:  inductee in the Elite News Ministers Hall of Fame; South
Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Trailblazer Award; Maurine Bailey Community Service Award;
Man of the Year for the Texas Public Power association; and the Dallas Baptist University Distinguished
Alumni Award in 2011. In 2013, he received the Garland Chamber of Commerce Tall Texan Award. Dr. Jones
was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Community Service presented by the Dallas Historical Society
in 2015.  Dr. Jones is in demand as a speaker, trainer, mediator, parliamentarian, and he is also a gifted artist.

Dr. Jones is a devoted husband of    53 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 Pastor of the
Rock Fellowship Church in Miami, Florida, and he is working on his doctorate degree at Southwestern
Theological Seminary.  Mayor Jones and Peggy have seven adorable granddaughters and 3 grandsons.

After serving the New Hope Baptist Church as Senior Pastor  for nearly 12 years, Reverend Dr. Jones is headed
towards a well deserved rest. and plans to  remain active in the community, civic organizations and the church,
retiring on April 18, 2019.  
5002 S. Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas
Dallas' Oldest African-American Christian Witness,
"The Mother Church"
Founded in 1873 by African-Americans