Pastor Dave and Judy Jones are longtime “Alliance Lifers.” Pastor Dave, a native of Elsmere, Delaware, was dedicated to the Lord at the old Wilmington Alliance Church in 1942 where his parents had been members since the 1920s. In 1944, his father, accepted God’s call to pastoral ministry. Thus, the Joneses moved to Chester PA, and Dave’s dad became pastor of a struggling church plant. Dave spent his childhood and teen years in Chester. At age fifteen, while on staff at Summit Grove Camp, God called Dave to be a missionary. That word from God determined the direction Dave’s life.
Judy was born and raised in Syracuse, NY and was part of the C&MA Church. She sensed God’s calling to missions when she was twelve at Delta Lake Camp. Following high school, she entered Nyack Missionary College as a missions major. While there, she met Dave, also majoring in missions. During their sophomore year, they began dating and soon sensed that God had put them together.
Because of their background and calling, missions had always been part of their life. They graduated from Nyack in 1964 with a B. S. in Missions. Following marriage and a year in Lakeland FL where they taught in a Christian School, they returned to Nyack where Dave did grad work at Jaffray School of Missions and later received his Masters from the Alliance Theological Seminary in 1988.
They served as missionary interns in Detroit MI, 1966–‘67. Then in August of the same year, they went to Brazil with their year-old son, Thomas, as missionaries with The C&MA. During their 31 years, they worked in evangelism, discipleship, church planting, leadership development, theological education and administration. They helped start two Alliance camps, as well as the Alliance Bible Seminary and the FATELA grad school. Their other sons, Randy and Phil, are Brazilian born.
In 1994, they moved to Colorado Springs CO and spent more than six years in the C&MA National Office. Dave was director for Missions Mobilization and Judy was CAMA Service administrative assistant. In 2001, they returned to Brazil and ministered until returning to the U.S. at the request of the FAC board serve as senior pastor. Starting on January 1, 2005, they worked to bring refocus and renewal. Sensing that their assignment at FAC was over, Dave resigned as pastor in October 2009. Soon God opened a door at the Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington, where Dave served as the men’s program director and Judy worked as administrative assistant for the SBM president.
Accepting a new assignment from the Lord in 2012, Dave left the mission and began to take the College of Prayer ministry to Brazil. In a short time, doors opened in Portugal and Cabinda, Angola. Thus for the next several years, Dave served the Portuguese speaking world, leading modules in dozens of churches as well as training national leaders who now are in charge of the ministry. Dave also continues to teach in Brazil and Cabinda at Alliance schools training pastors and missionaries.
During this time, Dave began writing a book on effective prayer that he published in 2012 in Portuguese. In 2015, he published So Being Sent, They Went, a history of the C&MA mission in Cabinda, Angola. He has just finished a similar history of the Alliance in Brazil, Roots and Branches, to be published by January 2018. The latest project comes from a life-long interest in A. B. Simpson’s life and spiritual journey. Thus with the blessing of C&MA leaders, he is working on a new Simpson biography, to be published by mid-2019, the centennial year of Simpson’s death.
This temporary call-back to FAC was expected, but Dave and Judy accept it as another assignment in our desire to serve the Lord and His church till Christ comes or He takes us home.