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David Jones

  • Springfield, VA
  • 864.491.8304

Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Gaffney

Cover Letter

To Whom It May Concern:

    It is my pleasure to write to you in reference to the music ministry position that you have available.I have been serving the church in a music role since I was 15 and went into full-time ministry while still a junior in college.I believe that worship should be at the very heart of everything we do but it is up to us as spiritual leaders to teach the fundamentals of worship to the body of Christ and to lead by example.

The study and creation of worship is a passion of mine and I strive to find new and creative ways to present the Gospel.My undergraduate degree focused not only on music and religion but the theatre arts as well.I am visual learner and I believe that the more people see God before them, in our lives and through our ministry, the better they understand it.I am very keen on set design, staging, screen motions and lighting so that all elements on Sunday morning work together to focus on the message.

My MA in Worship Studies: Leadership from Liberty University has developed my love of long-term worship planning and continues to challenge me to make each worship experience memorable to the worshiper. I have been working for the past two and half years furthering my education and I am down to the last couple of classes which will finish early this Fall.

My time in ministry has and will forever be a time of growth and learning.I have had moments where I have failed God and times when I have been overjoyed at what God was doing through me.Thankfully His mercy and grace are always present and He continues to stretch and use me to do great things for His glory.

I pray that through this brief look at my life and history God will reveal to both of us his plan for my future and the future of your music ministry.You are welcome to contact any and all of my references if you deem necessary without any notification to me.My current pastor supports and encourages my decision to seek new employment.He has been a wonderful mentor and friend.

Blessings on your committee and their search,

David Jones


We were created by an Awesome and Powerful God and we are called to worship Him for His greatness. 

My calling as a worship pastor is to teach that worship is not just an hour on Sunday mornings but lifestyle.  God's grace and mercy are abundant, and through salvation in Jesus Christ we can worship and know Him more.  I consider it the greatest honor to usher in the Spirit with music and song and to prepare the hearts of the church for the message God has.


Tommy Comer

Tommy and I work closely at First Baptist and are passionate about our work here.  He joined the staff about three years before I did.

Joel Sellers

Joel has been serving First Baptist for close to 20 years.  He is a fantastic pastor and I have enjoyed serving under him. 

David Mink

David was a key member in the music program at Mt Vernon.  He sang with the adult choir, vocal band, worsthip team and played handbells.

Greyson Clifton

While I was at Fairview UMC I hired Greyson as my pianist.  When I left they offered him the position.  He currently serves there.

Rev. Adam Cook

Adam and I both worked at Fairview United Methodist Church at the same time and became best friends as a result of it.  Recently, in 2012, Adam started a new church in Danville VA and I assisted him in building the worship ministry there and in finding a worship leader.  I support Union Church anyway I can from South Carolina.


Piano, Keyboard, Electric Bass, Guitar, Ukelele, Mandolin, Cello, String Bass,

SATB Recorder’s, Drums, Hand Bells, Hand Chimes, Orff Instruments, Organ

Volunteer Work & Hobbies

*Smithsonian Exhibit- American Roots Music - I sat on a city board for over a year to help plan and execute the Smithsonian coming to Gaffney.  This was their first stop in SC and we planned two months worth of concerts, artist, and music events.  I hosted and directed a couple of events through First Baptist and Limestone College.

Limestone College Theatre & Music departments- I sing with their community chorus on occasions and participate in their plays and musicals through acting, directing and set building.  I have directed for the Gaffney Little Theatre and Limestone College.

Virginia Baptist Male Chorale

AGEHR  -  American Guilde of English Handbell Ringers

JRR- James River Ringers

The Danville Life Saving Crew

Video and Audio clips

Spiritual Gifts

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership. let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy. let him do it cheerfully.    Romans 12:6-8

Everyone has a spiritual gift or two.  Recognizing that gift allows a person to serve God to the best of their ability.  I know there are areas in my ministry where I lack because I am just not gifted with certain talents but if I focus on my strengths I can serve Him much better.

My primary motivational gift is that of organization and leadership.  My desk and office may not seem organized to the passerby but that is typically because I have multiple projects going on at once.  I like to plan out worship and events weeks and months in advance so that when the time comes I can put aside my human fears and let the Holy Spirit take over.

It is always a joy to help church members discover where they can best be used to serve God and the church.

Technical Knowledge

Although I am not extremely tech savvy I did create a simple website for my current church. Click here to view

The one we used before was archaic and this gave us more flexibility.  The following is a list of programs and equipment that I use weekly for worship planning and execution.

ProPresenter 5


PreSonus audio boards and the iPad and iPhone integrations.

Previously used:

Roland digital boards


Media Shout

Analog boards

Myers Briggs Results

My test results put me with about 9% of the rest of the world as an ESTJ.  (Extrovert, Sensing, Thinking, Judging)

It places me in the category of Administrator who is very aware of what is going on around them and handles responsibility well.

Work History


Minister of Music

First Baptist Church Gaffney

(Church size 500 on Sundays. 8:30 Traditional & 11:00 Contemporary)

    - Adult Choir: 35+ voice on Sunday. 50 - 60 during holidays and special occasions.

    - Senior Adult Choir: I resource this choir.  Our Organist handles all senior adult ministry.

    - Youth Choir: Started by myself in 2011 this group of 30+ young people have attended SonPower twice.     

        Recorded two full length CD's. Toured to Richmond VA and Pigeon Forge TN and scheduled to sing in

        Virginia and New York the summer of 2013.  I am extremely proud of this group and their love of the Lord.

        Our youth ministry is very strong at First Baptist and it shows through this group.

    - Contemporary Worship Team - Made up of 12 musicians and 10 vocalist that participate on a rotation.

        This group also travels a couple times a year to lead worship for conferences and revivals.

    -Handbells: We use 4 octaves of Schulmerich Bells and 3 octaves of Malmark chimes in worship during

        our traditional service. 

    - Instrument Ensembles: We use church members and students from the local High School and

          Limestone College on occasions to add emphasis to a special event.  We have even had a steel drum

          band from Limestone and Sign Language group from Gardner Webb join us in worship.

    - Children's Music: The FBCG children participate in the Christmas Concert or full length Christmas

      Musical of their own each year.  I enjoy directing and building the sets for these musicals.

    - E.P.I.C.  was a Sunday night service that I started to expand our Contemporary music style.  This was a

      night once a month of just music and worship arts.  EPIC stands for Exalt, Praise, Ignite, Connect. 

      Worshipers were encouraged to be more involved and to take part of the whole worship process.

     - LifeSong is the name of the Men's Quintet at First Baptist.  This group was started by my predecessor

       and I stepped into the role of 1st Tenor when I arrived.  I enjoy Southern Gospel music and have enjoyed

       singing with these guys.  In 2012 we produced our 2nd album "Christmas with LifeSong: Live."  Cd's are

       available upon request.

Supervising Roles

      - I oversee the hiring of all musicians and media art technicians at First Baptist.  I work closely with our 

      Media Arts director, Jared Snead, who doubles as our youth worship leader.  I rebuilt the churches website

      from scratch in January 2012.  Jared keeps it updated under my watch.  There are three worship centers

      at First Baptist, Jared and I work together to keep the technical needs met.

Extra Activities

    - The Smithsonian's American Roots Music Exhibit *please see details below

    - I try once or twice a year to be involved in Limestone College's music or theatre related events.  Our

      church has developed a strong connection to this school.  We provide a free home cooked meal every

      Sunday, a pancake exam break twice a year, help them move in and a back to school cookout.  It is so

      important to keep Jesus present in their new life at school.

    -  I have directed two productions while in Gaffney. One for the Gaffney Little Theatre and one for



Minister for Worship Arts

Mount Vernon Baptist Church

(Church size 1200 + on Sundays. 2 Contemporary [8:30, 9:45] and 1 Traditional service [11:00] )

·     Adult Choir: 40 to 50 voices on Sunday.70+ for holiday concerts

·Senior Adult Choir: 25+ voices from various churches.Traveled and sang for nursing homes, senior adult homes and church concerts in the Richmond and Williamsburg area.

·Contemporary Worship Team – The group consisted of 3 to 5 singers leading worship up front with a 25 voice worship choir backing them up.I led and sang from the piano with other instruments consisting of 3 guitars, bass, keyboard, drums and auxiliary percussion.We also had a brass section that consisted of trumpet, trombone, and SATB saxophones.

·Handbells- This ministry had not existed for over 4 years prior to my arrival.I developed three handbell choirs.One for students and also a  beginner and advanced choir for adults.They only had 3 octaves of 30 year old bells when I arrived but they currently own 4 octaves of brand new Malmark bells, 5 octaves of Malmark chimes and 4 Malmark table pads and covers. (Please see video excerpt of the advanced group) (Also listen to the audio clip of a bell piece I wrote for a baby dedication)

·Orchestra- made up of 6 string, 4 brass, and 2 woodwinds during weekly services.During holiday concerts musicians were hired to fill the gaps.The holiday orchestra consisted of 30+ musicians.

Managed Events

·“Richmond Homecoming” I designed and started an annual event that brought churches together to create a Southern Gospel sing-a-long concert.Molded after the Bill Gather Homecoming concerts.  (Video clips available to the right)

·Fine Arts Camp- a yearly week long event where students in grades 3rd – 7th meet for 4 hours a day and learn a complete musical including songs, choreography, set design and costume design.At the end of the week the children preformed their musical and then we had a family cookout and ice cream social.  I directed, choreographed and designed the sets for each production.  (See pictures of recent production below)

·“United Praise” This was the contemporary version of the Richmond Homecoming event.Multiple church bands came together to create an awesome uplifting night of praise and worship.

·Concert Series- I started a concert series that brought in music groups at little or not cost at all to the church.Groups included: LIGHT- Liberty University Singers, Kutless, Esterlyn, Avalon, James River Ringers, Salvation Army National Capitol Brass Band, Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra and the Liberty University Wind Ensemble.

·Managed the multi-media team, a budget of over $50,000, and  an assistant who direct children’s and youth music

Oct 20042007

Minister of Music

Fairview United Methodist Church

(Church size 300 + , 1 Contemporary and 1 Traditional service)

Minister of Music

  • Directed a choir of 35+
  • Started an adult and youth handbell choir using 4 octaves of Malmark bells and 3 octaves of Malmark chimes.
  • Directed and led worship with the Contemporary Band consisting of two keyboards, two guitars, bass and drums along with 3 to 5 vocals.
  • Held weekly Kindermusik classes for ages 1 1/2 to 3 and 5 to 7.
  • Directed and sang in a small vocal ensemble.
  • Directed Youth Choir and Youth Drama Team.
  • Traveled with the Youth every summer to co-lead the youth mission trip.
  • Planned and led all the music during summer VBS as well as designed and constructed the sets.
  • Began a Liturgical Dance team in cooperation with a choreographer in our congregation.
  • Directed the Communications and Multi Media Ministry.
Jun 2004Oct 2004

Interim Music Director

North Main Baptist Church

(Church size 600 + , 2 am services and 1 pm.  All blended.)

While in college I was referred to this church to fill in as their Interim Music Minister.  My only responsibilities were to plan the hymns and choir selections for three services on Sunday.

Apr 2003Jun 2004

Music Director

Laurel Grove Baptist Church

During my second year of college this church called my university's music department in reference to a student music director.  The department head suggested that I be interviewed for the position and I began work that semester directing their adult and childrens choir.

Since moving on from this church and graduating I have since gone back numerous times to play and sing for 4 weddings. 



Master of Arts in Worship Studies

Liberty University

As of March 15th 2013 I have completed 13 of 15 classes required for my MA. The final two classes are schedule for June and October of this year.

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Rescue Diver

Aug 2005Present

Kindermusik Teaching Licsense

Kindermusik Inc.
Jun 2012Present

Commercial Drivers License

Class C
Apr 1999May 2005

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

VA Dept of EMS