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Pastor Jones

 



Pastor Horacio "Ray" Jones was born on June 13, 1961 in Oceanside, CA.  The fourth of 6 children he is the only sibling born outside of St. Louis, Missouri.  He was reared in St. Louis until the age of 14 when his family relocated to Los Angeles, CA.  Pastor Jones personally relocated to San Jose, Ca. to live with relatives at the age of 16.  He reached an impasse within his life as the lure of the streets, drugs and crime were threatening to abort is purpose.  Avoiding the school to prison pipeline he graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School, San Jose, Ca (1979) and is currently completing studies toward a Master's of Divinity Degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Ontario, Ca.  

Pastor Jones is married to Florence V. Jones (formerly Florence V. White). Together they have five children: four sons, one daughter and a precious grand-daughter. 

Pastor Jones has the joy and privilege of pastoring Family Bible Fellowship of Newark, CA.  F.B.F. was launched January 3, 1988. with the blessing and support of Dr. Willie T. Gaines Jr. and the Emanuel Baptist Church, San Jose, CA.  Pastor Jones accepted Jesus as Lord of his life, married the love of his life, announced his calling into the gospel ministry and has experienced significant spiritual, emotional and relational milestones.

Hearing the calling of God from Luke 4:18, Pastor Jones established the Tri Cities Community Development Center (1997 – present) to provide services, programs and resources for the least of the least of our society.  Currently as President/CEO he manages reentry services for ex-offenders (case management, job readiness, employment, mentoring and life coaching), mental health training and advocacy for the African American Community and academic development for children struggling to excel in the classroom. 

Pastor Jones is actively engaged in eliminating stigma and discrimination related to living with a mental health diagnosis.  As a recipient of an Innovation Grant from Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, Pastor Jones developed Mental Health Friendly Congregations.  MHFC curriculum provides training and technical assistance for African American Churches seeking to become compassionate communities of faith who welcome, comfort and minister to consumers and family members throughout Alameda County.  Additionally, Family Bible Fellowship is a founding congregation of the Alameda County Care Alliance ACCA.  The ACCA is designed to provide assistance, support and advocacy for individuals living with advanced illnesses and their caregivers by providing resources, information and support.  Participating pastors and congregations partner with hospitals and physicians to provide holistic care that addresses the spiritual and medical needs of persons receiving care.

As a faith leader, Pastor Jones believes that the work of the Black Church historically and contemporarily has served as the foundation for hope, change and empowerment for the African American Community. 

Gun violence tragically and sovereignly redirected his ministry and life June 14, 2014 when his oldest son was shot and nearly succumbed to his injuries.  As his son struggled for his life in an Intensive Care Unit, pastor Jones learned the depths of learning to trust in God when life carries you "through the valley of the shadow of death" -  Psalms 23.  Pastor Jones's life passion is to make Christ's love real and relevant to all people especially those battling to break free from the sociological, spiritual and economic grip of poverty, oppression and racism.s of the Love of Christ.