Bishop Jerry L. Jones, Sr. was born in Natchez, Mississippi and grew up in Chicago, Illinois where he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in 1967. Called to the ministry in 1980, he served as the assistant pastor at Victory Apostolic Faith Church before assuming the pastorate of the Apostolic Assembly of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1987. In 1990, he was elevated to the office of bishop by the PCAF and serves as diocesan of the Illinois State Council. A former firefighter with the City of Chicago, he retired in 2005 as the Assistant Fire Commissioner and Chief Officer of Diversity. Bishop Jones attended Moody Bible Institute, Midwest Apostolic Bible College, and Trinity Bible College, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Pentecostal Bible College. He was also a recipient of the United Negro College Fund’s Distinguished Leadership Award and the One Church One School Religious Leader of the Year Award. He is president of Brownlow, Belton, Sullivan & Arms, a non-profit organization that developed the seven-story, $20 million Hancock House senior complex in Chicago. In 2016, Bishop Jones was elected as the second assistant presiding bishop of the PCAF. He is married to LaVerne Price Jones and they have five children.
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