Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
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The Rev. Dr. Gregory Knox Jones became Head of Staff for Westminster Presbyterian Church in March 2004. Previously, he served two other congregations – in Chester, Virginia and Lexington, Kentucky – during his 38 years in parish ministry.
Dr. Jones believes this is an exciting time in the life of the church because "God's Spirit is encouraging us to embark on a spiritual quest that will reshape and renew the Christian Church. Many have drifted away from the Church because their religious faith is at odds with a 21st Century understanding of the world. What they were taught to believe about God, Jesus, the Bible and various doctrines of the church no longer make sense to them. Some traditional beliefs that have become problematic are giving way to an emerging vision of the Christian faith. This new, dynamic faith is transforming people's lives and energizing the church."
Finding great joy and challenge in preaching, Dr. Jones also relishes the opportunity to teach. Often, he teaches an adult education class between the two morning worship services.
Committed to mission, he encourages members to participate in at least one outreach ministry with their time and resources to share God's love with others and to be aware of the world outside of their personal orbits. Dr. Jones and his wife, Camilla, led Westminster's first mission trip to New Orleans in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. Since then, our congregation has sent 14 mission teams to help restore New Orleans. Dr. Jones and Camilla accompanied a mission trip to Guatemala in support of Westminster’s ministry in this country; and in 2009 and 2014, Dr. Jones led members of Westminster on a spiritual pilgrimage and study trip through Israel and Palestine.
Committed to ministries of peace and justice, he is a member of Delaware Churches for Middle East Peace. In addition, Dr. Jones and a local Rabbi are the Co-Chairs of Peace Drums, a music program that brings together Jewish, Christian and Muslim children in Israel. Members of the three Abrahamic faiths living in Wilmington meet regularly to support this program. Current plans include bringing the children to the United States in 2016 to play a series of concerts.
Dr. Jones spent his youth consumed by academics and varsity sports. During his undergraduate study in history, he was the defensive team captain for the Kansas State University football team. These days, he tries to stave off the aging process by running. The New York City Marathon in 2013 was his 11th marathon.
Greg and his wife, Camilla, are blessed with three wonderful children – son Les, his wife Kristin and grandchildren, Maddy and Teddy; daughter Grandison, her husband Mark and grandchildren, Matthew, Lily and Hayes; and daughter Alex, her husband Dan and grandson Lucus.
Doctor of Ministry, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY 1993
Master of Divinity, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY 1977
Bachelor of Arts in History, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 1974