Rev. Dr. Waddell G. Jones, Jr.

The Reverend Dr. Waddell G. Jones, Jr., is the youngest of three children born to Waddell Gerald Jones, Sr., and Geneva A. Jones. From 1998-2000, Rev. Jones served as the youth minister at Faith Outreach Community Center in Gladys, Virginia. He was licensed on November 12, 2000, and ordained by the New Free Spring Baptist Church in Rustburg, Virginia, on April 29, 2001. In July 2002, Reverend Jones was called to pastor the Promised Land Baptist Church in Moneta, Virginia, where he served for five and a half years. Rev. Jones was then called to pastor the New Free Spring Baptist Church in Rustburg, Virginia, in December 2007 and was installed as the eighth pastor on January 20, 2008. On July 23, 2023 Rev. Jones was installed as pastor of the Moral Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Axton, Virginia.

Pastor Jones is a graduate of William Campbell High School in Naruna, Virginia. He also attended Ferrum College. He is a graduate of the International Seminary in Plymouth, Florida. He holds degrees from the Virginia University of Lynchburg, formerly known as Virginia Seminary, including a Certificate in Ministry, a Bachelor’s in Religious Studies, and a Master of Divinity (Cum Laude). Pastor Jones was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Bethlehem Bible College and Seminary in Roanoke, Virginia. He earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Virginia University of Lynchburg. He completed his doctoral work as a Leonard N. Smith Fellow at the Leonard N. Smith School of Religion at Virginia University of Lynchburg, Virginia. His dissertation focus was entitled “Sports Evangelism: Evangelizing the World Through Sports.”

Dr. Jones is very active in the community. He currently serves as a trustee for The Baptist Center of Virginia. He has served as a trustee at Virginia University of Lynchburg, Vice Chairperson for Preachers United for Christ, Concerned Ministers for Christ, Moderator of the Moneta chapter Passion Week, Moderator for the Central Virginia Passion Week, Moderator of the Peaks of Otter Baptist Association, Vice Moderator of the Otter River Baptist Association, Young Pastors and Ministers Department of the Virginia Baptist State Convention, Vice Chair of the Home Missions Department of the Virginia Baptist State Convention, and President of the Moderators Department of the Virginia Baptist State Convention.

Dr. Jones has delivered messages at State Conventions, Local Associations, NAACP, High School Graduations, Denominational Meetings, and Churches throughout America. He has a tremendous passion for God’s Word coupled with a love for God’s people. He has a contagious spirit of generosity that flows through every facet of his ministry. He is married to Linda Michelle Smith Jones and they are the proud parents of two children, Marcus (Jasmine) and Trinae and five grandchildren, Malaya, Malachi, Mia, Micah and Mar’rion.