James Edward Jones

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James Edward Jones

(Southern Baptist clergyman and Fiscal Court magistrate)

Political party Republican

Born December 2, 1934
Birmingham, Alabama

Resident since 1981 of Campbellsville, Taylor County, Kentucky 

Spouse Martha Elizabeth Bell Jones (married 1956)

Angela, Darlene, and Byron E. Jones

James Edward Jones (born December 2, 1934) is a Southern Baptist clergyman in Campbellsville, Kentucky, and the District 1 magistrate on the Taylor County Fiscal Court.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Jones is a son of the late Fred S. Jones and the former Annie Dews. He attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, but received his bachelor's degree in 1957 from Samford University in Homewood in Jefferson County, Alabama, both Baptist institutions. He holds the bachelor of divinity (1961) and a doctorate of ministry (1982) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky.[1][2]

Jones in 1981 succeeded J. Chester Badgett as the pastor of Campbellsville Baptist Church, at which he remained pastor for more than twenty years. Earlier, he was the pastor of the Valley View Baptist Church in Louisville from 1964 to 1973 and the Eastern Hills Baptist Church in the capital city of Montgomery, Alabama, from 1973 to 1981.[2] 

Jones has served on the board of trustees of Campbellsville University and is a member of the CU Church Relations Council, a body established in 1978 by former president W. R. Davenport, when the institution was known as Campbellsville College. Jones was formerly a part-time assistant in the Office of Church and External Relations, an adjunct faculty member in the CU School of Theology. After retiring from Campbellsville Baptist Church, he accepted the pastorate of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Campbellsville.[3] He is a former moderator of the Taylor County Baptist Association, president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention[1] from 1989 to 1990, and a member of several KBC committees and boards. He has also served on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee from 1983 to 1991 and as chairman of the budget committee from 1990 to 1991.[2] His mission trips have been to Brazil (four times), Russia (twice), Venezuela, Kenya, Hong Kong, China, Poland, and Honduras. He is a member of the Taylor County Ministerial Association, Kiwanis International (president in 1986), and the Masonic lodge. Beginning in 1982, he was appointed chaplain for the Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue and Taylor County Sherriff's Department.[2]

Twice Jones has received the Campbellsville-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce "Citizen of the Year" award. In a CU press release university president Michael V. Carter describes Jones, accordingly, “Dr. Jones has a pastor’s heart, a servant’s humility and the passion of an evangelist and missionary. He is one of the fine pulpiteers of Southern Baptist life today. He has demonstrated servant leadership all of his life and continues to do so to this very day as he gives of himself in service to his Lord, his family and his community.” Carter's remarks accompanied the presentation in 2011 to Dr. Jones of the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award by Campbellsville University.[1] In 1982, Jones published The Implementation of a Perennial Program of Evangelism.[2]

On the fiscal court, Jones, a Republican, worked for the completion in 2009 of the $15 million Taylor County Judicial Center in Campbellsville.[4] In 2018, Jones defeated an intra-party challenger, Anthony Hash, in the Republican primary to hold on to his fiscal court seat.[5] Jones, a month before his 84th birthday, then defeated the Democrat David Harris in the November 6 general election for another term on the fiscal court. Jones polled 1,145 votes (73.4 percent) to Harris' 415 (26.6 percent).[6]a

Jones is married to the former Martha Elizabeth Bell (born 1937), who attended school in Chilton County in central Alabama. The couple has two daughters, Angela and Darlene; a son, Byron E. Jones (born 1963), and five grandchildren.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Elena Groholske (May 27, 2011). Campbellsville University presents Algernon S. Sullivan Awards. columbiamagazine.com. Retrieved on December 5, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 James Edward Jones. prabook.com. Retrieved on December 5, 2017.
  3. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. phbchurch.wixsite.com. Retrieved on December 5, 2017.
  4. Judicial Center Construction: Taylor County Judicial Center. courts.ky.gov. Retrieved on December 5, 2017.
  5. Jeff Moreland (May 23, 2018). Young, Allen to meet for mayor in fall. The Central Kentucky News-Journal. Retrieved on May 28, 2018.
  6. Zac Oakes (November 8, 2018). Allen wins mayor, Smith is new judge; Skaggs wins circuit court clerk race over Burress; Marcum re-elected as county jailer. The Central Kentucky News-Journal. Retrieved on November 11, 2018.