Biography of Bishop Jones

Biography

The Right Reverend Derek LS Jones

 

The Right Reverend Derek LS Jones, Bishop of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy, is a dual jurisdiction bishop serving the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and in the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA). Bishop Jones trains, educates, ordains and directs the activities of Anglican Chaplains, within the ACNA requiring formal ecclesiastical endorsement, serving in the United States Armed Forces, Veteran’s Administration, Department of Justice, and other Federal and State agencies; as well as Chaplains serving with and through a variety of professional organizations such as the International Conference of Police Chaplains, the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, and the Professional Chaplains Association.  Bishop Jones has served as an endorsing official since January 2007 and is the founding bishop of the Chaplain ministry for the ACNA (though CANA) and is the first Bishop of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy for the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy (ACNA). He is a member of the College of Bishops of the ACNA and the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).

Bishop Jones is a retired combat veteran fighter pilot with nearly 3000 hours in the F-111, CF-18, T-37 and F-16 fighter aircraft. His awards include the Combat Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, many other individual and unit citations, and numerous “Top Gun” awards. His last assignment before retiring was as the Reserve Advisor to the Commander and Director of Staff for the Air Force Doctrine Center, collocated at Maxwell AFB and the Pentagon.  In this role, he directed the activities of over 100 geographically separated military personnel in the writing of Air Force and Joint Military Doctrine. He retired in 2009 after 26 years of distinguish military service.

Bishop Jones was elected by his peers to serve on the Executive Committee for the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces (NCMAF) in 2012. He is also a charter member and serves as Secretary on the Executive Board of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CALL). In January, 2013, he was elected to serve as Secretary of that organization. Bishop Jones continues to advocate for Air Power and served as the interim President of the Birmingham, AL Chapter of the Air Force Association in 2012. In civic areas, Bishop Jones is an adjudicator for the United States Pony Club (USPC) and serves on the National Quiz Committee for that organization. In 2012, he was named a Distinguished Honorary Alumni of Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin. In his off-time, Bishop Jones enjoys working with his horses and outdoor activities (kayaking and hiking). An accomplished musician and a member of Phi Mu Alpha, he enjoys vocal performance and little theater. He is an ‘in demand’ speaker and teacher of Eucharistic and Covenantal Theology.

The Bishop is married to the former Connie Lee of Birmingham, Alabama.  Mrs. Jones is a Family Nurse Practitioner working in Pro-Life ministry and is the Associate Executive Director and Nurse Manager of Sav-a-Life in Vestavia, AL.  The Bishop and Connie have two adult daughters, Amanda (Erric) Price and Lauren (Brice) Ullman and are the proud grandparents to three granddaughters, Sarah Annette Price, Rebecca Jeane Price, and Elsie Katherine Ullman. The Joneses make their home in central Alabama.