Rev. Dr. Rich Jones graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in social work, from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2009 with a master’s in divinity, and a doctorate in missional leadership from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Rich is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA) and has a “dual standing” ordination recognition with the United Church of Christ (UCC). He has had an extensive background in youth ministry in the Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church in his earlier years, then as an associate pastor at Northminster Presbyterian Church (Cincinnati), Pastor/Head of Staff at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (Cincinnati), and most recently as the Pastor/Head of Staff at Fleming Road UCC (Cincinnati).
Rich was the community connector and part of the organizing team for the Parish Collective Cincinnati as well serving on the board of the Economics of Compassion Initiative. He was also a part of the team that started Oasis in Cincinnati. He is currently on the board the Powel Crosley YMCA.
Rich is married to Debbie, a licensed PTA, and a community activator. They have two wonderful (now adult) children, McKenzie Grace (Neuroscience Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville), and Brennan Matthew (Evolution and Ecology Major at The Ohio State University).
In Rich’s words: “I am grateful for this life, and I am leaning into its mystery. I love to go backpacking, rock climbing, bouldering, and am obsessed with theology (and practice) and running. (I was the cross-country coach for the Finneytown school district for 9 years!).
My calling in life is to build relationships with folks and to see community with others, ourselves, and the Divine flourish.
This divine flow in my life humbles me and allows me to live with great expectations and hope amid its ups and downs. Some days are great, some days are crazy, but it’s ‘all good’ as I live and love.”
My PCUSA Credo Rule of Life:
1. To have a “Call” where gifts, talents, relationship, and imagination are encouraged and recognized.
2. To cultivate a Trinitarian presence/awareness in the everyday of my life as I live into my “true self.”
3. To live in depth and health emotionally and physically.
4. I also believe strongly in seeing worship emerge out of community together and service in the context of the church’s setting.
Rev. Dr. Rich Jones
Pastor, Head of Staff
Westwood First Presbyterian Church