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About Teddy Jones
Rev. Jones is affectionately called, "The Ghetto Priest" due to his involvement in the Inner City and his commitment to the cause of justice for the oppressed. In 2009, he was one of the three (3) winners in the First Caribbean Bank's Unsung Heroes competition, in recognition of the years of selfless service to the Greater Grants Pen community. Given his passion for justice, community development, truth, integrity, forgiveness, conflict resolution and related matters an award such as this came as no surprise.
Rev. Jones is also an educator at the tertiary level. He serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Jamaica Theological Seminary. Other roles previously held at the Seminary include Director of Student Affairs, Director of Admissions and Recruitment and Deputy Director of Student Affairs.
Rev. Jones is heavily involved in mentoring and leadership training in various sectors of society. This is facilitated primarily through RENEWED Ministries, a youth based ministry with a
strong mentoring and leadership emphasis. He is Board Chairman of PATHH Ministries (Pastors According To His Heart) .
Rev. Jones's educational background is diverse having been educated at the Jamaica Theological Seminary in Kingston Jamaica, Dallas Theological Seminary in the USA and ALICT (African Leadership Institute for Community Transformation) in South Africa. As a life-long learner he is currently reading for the Master of Arts in Public Theology degree at Jamaica Theological Seminary. Along the way he has completed various certifications including: Leadership and Community Development, Dispute Resolution,Youth Entrepreneurship, Life Coaching, Guidance and Counselling, Career Counselling, Restorative Justice and life coaching. This depth of training leads to high accolades for his preaching and teaching ministry. Participants in Bible Study led by Teddy have consistently expressed their opinion that he is a gifted teacher. One such is quoted as saying to him, "you have the gift of taking the obscure and making it plain." Here are some other endorsements that have been made public:
"Teddy presented as a very compassionate counsellor. He displayed great potential for outreach ministry." - Maureen Watson,Experienced Counsellor/Social Worker.
"Rev. Jones is a transformational leader whose intellectual acumen and heart towards empowering individuals and communities puts him head and shoulder above many of his peers. His leadership has received national recognition and in the midst of the accolades, he remains grounded and focused on the transformation of lives. This, his insights in the field of mentoring, his pragmatism and his training, makes Rev. Jones a fit (motivational) speaker and consultant on community development, mobilization, theology and social policy. I unreservedly endorse & recommend him." - DAMIEN MARCUS WILLIAMS, CEO Oyengge Professional Service
Rev. Jones' birth place is Trinidad. However, he is Grenadian by naturalization and Jamaican by ministry and calling, having been living there since 1998. Together with his wife Latoya, he is actively empowering young and old alike with his vibrant, innovative and radical approach to the preaching and teaching of God's Word and motivational speeches. Their union has produced one son, Zaken'Asiel [Pronounced ZA-KEN' AS-EE-EL]. It is his desire to serve God in his generation and empower the next generation to do the same, so the generations yet unborn will be all that they can and should be.
Teddy's Online Contacts are listed below.
Home Page: www.TeddyAJones.com
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Let's Major in The Minors?
Teddy Jones offers us a trenchant analysis from God's word spoken to the prophet Obadiah and through the New Testament books of Philemon, II John, III John and Jude. The fact that these books contain a mere single chapter has caused them to be easily dismissed, ignored or assumed to be minor. These one-chapter books are among some of the most neglected parts of the Bible.
Pastor, Lecturer, Mentor and Theologian, Teddy A. Jones shows how inaccurate this perception is by pointing out in this exposition series, that although these books are very brief, their content was not only vitally important to their original audience, but they raise very major issues that are absolutely relevant to Believers today.
Let's Major in The Minors therefore urges the need to consider them as major and debunk the prejudicial designation of ‘minor.’ They should rather be considered as pearls of great price. The pearl inside this “oyster” is the fact that the weighty theological themes and Biblical core matters they highlight indicate clearly to us their importance to God, who inspired the writers. Indeed, these “minor” chapters of the Bible present some major themes from serious spiritual leaders and thinkers‒issues of justice… and balance for the poor and downtrodden, true righteousness as opposed to institutional formalism, and living boldly and unapologetically for God in a hostile world.
Let’s Major in The Minors focuses on injustice, pride, unfaithfulness, hypocrisy, corruption, the dismantling of slavery, hospitality, and arrogance. This work on the books of Obadiah, Philemon, Second and Third John and Jude represents a most important choice of subject from the rarely preached on sections of the Old and New Testament.
Let’s Major in The Minors offers readers the following benefits:
- It is an excellent personal and corporate Bible Study Guide.
- It is ideal for use as a textbook
- It adds qualitatively to serious Christian thinking and application.
- It offers us no respite from dealing with injustice and other evils
- It confronts and challenges us, as God would, to treat with the issues of our times as He would. It focuses on the sin of pride in all the ways in which it presents itself in the life of persons including God’s people.
- It warns of the dangers and deadly venom of pride.
- It talks about relationships and an antidote to social sicknesses as it explores Philemon and the Johannine corpus and Jude