Dr. Arthur T. Jones, Our Founder
Dr. Arthur T. Jones is the founder of Bible-Based Fellowship Church, Inc. A Bible expositor and preacher par excellence, Dr. Jones commands an expansive catalog of sermons and teachings, and he has four published literary works to his credit: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do; Four Words For Tough Times: Have Faith In God; Just Let God Be God; and How to Get-Up and Start Over Again. Each is a compilation of discourses and study guides to equip and strengthen all with the tools to confront and conquer life’s challenges. They all speak to specific spiritual foundations needed to combat life’s harsh realities.
In addition, Dr. Jones is also co-founder of the famed Florida Mass Choir. For many years he worked to produce, direct, and sing lead vocals for the Choir—yielding ten highly acclaimed LP’s, Videos and CD’s. He also served as Executive Director of the Choir. In 2002 Dr. Jones released a solo CD, Speak For Me.
Dr. Jones was a product of Hillsborough County Schools, having graduated from Middleton Senior School in the class of 1965. He furthered his education at St. Petersburg Junior College, at which he studied Physics. Dr. Jonessubsequently studied under and was mentored by Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Molefi Asanti, and Cornell West at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Ultimately, he would study at both Harvard and Oxford Universities.
Professionally, while studyingat St. Petersburg Junior College in 1967,Dr. Joneswas recruited by IBM Corporation, and thus commenced a brilliant 24½-year career. Dr. Jones served in various executive capacities for IBM, from which he retired in 1992 as a Briefing Center Manager.
Rev. Jones and his wife Doris were married on June 7, 1969. To this 43-year union were born three children— Shonda, Natalie, and Arthur, II. A proud husband, father and grandfather, Rev. Jones’s greatest personal success and fulfillment were found in his family.
Rev. Jones, after two years battling cancer, transitioned from this life to his eternal home on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Although he has gone on to be with the Lord, the legacy and love that he left behind is indelibly etched in the halls of Bible Based and the hearts of all of those whom he touched.