L. Bevel Jones

Bishop L. Bevel Jones


United States

cob_hs_jones_b-150x225.jpg Bev Jones was born in a Methodist parsonage in Gracewood, Georgia. He earned the A.B. degree from Emory University and the M. Div. degree from the Candler School of Theology. LaGrange College (Georgia), High Point University (North Carolina) and Emory University have conferred honorary degrees on him. He is a member of ODK Honorary Society and the Emory Alumni Association recently presented him with the Emory Medal of Honor.

Bevel Jones joined the North Georgia Conference and was ordained both deacon and elder by Bishop Arthur J. Moore. His six pastorates were all in the North Georgia, the same conference in which his late father, the Reverend Lewis Bevel Jones, Jr., served for fifty years, and his son, the Reverend Dr. David Bevel Jones, now serves.

L. Bevel Jones was elected to the episcopacy in 1984 by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and served the Charlotte Area until his retirement in 1996. He has been Vice Chair of the General Commission on Religion and Race (1984-1988), President of United Methodist Communications (1992-1996) and President of the North American Section of the World Methodist Council (1991-1996).

Bev Jones now makes his home in Atlanta where he is bishop-in-residence at a former pastorate, Decatur First United Methodist Church, and also at his alma mater, the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is very active in ecumenical and civic affairs and is Chairman of the William H. and Margaret Pitts Foundation.

Mildred "Tuck" Jones and Bev were married in 1949 at First Methodist, Decatur, where Bev had been Assistant Pastor during seminary and where her parents had been married 27 years earlier upon her father's graduation from Candler School of Theology. She and Bev have three children: David Bevel, minister; Mark Edward, commercial artist; and Sharon Brewer, Alliance Theater. They have six grandchildren.