Samuel Ray Jones

Samuel Ray Jones


Leader / Counselor / Administrator

Sam Jones is a performance driven individual with a strong record of positive leadership and achievement. The creative self-starter organizes, communicates, motivates, and negotiates with individuals and organizations to determine and achieve their desired results.


  • Proven leader within the business, religious, and civic communities with a demonstrated ability to increase patronage, leadership, and operating budgets.
  • Founder, manager, and director of The Joshua Center, Inc., a full service professional counseling center with multiple sites (4), multiple licensed therapists (12), an Employee Assistant Program, and Master's degree practicum training program. 
  • Founded the Florida Marriage Enrichment Convention strengthening marriages and families for over twenty-five years. 
  • Reorganized and implemented the Grand Rounds and training programs for intern and resident medical physicians at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon. 
  • Chaired and served on Southern Baptist association and state boards and committees: Personnel Committee, Finance Committee, Christians and Jews, and New Church Starts. 2000 - 2002, Missions Coordinator, Salt Lake Winter Olympics. Organized, trained, and directed the work of 125 Baptist volunteers. Coordinated the Moldova Russian project. Commissioned and credentialed by the North American Mission Board (NAMB), Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).
  • Chaired and served on various civic and community boards and committees: Downtown Developmental Authority, Chaired Historical Preservation Society, Finance Chair of Augusta Character City Project, Radio Host of Augusta Mayor's weekly radio program, Organization of Christians and Jews, Parole Board, Chaplain of the Christian Law Enforcement Association, Downtown Business Club, the Inner City Tutoring Program, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Governor Appointment to the Georgia State Composite Board of Licensed Therapists and Counselors.  
  • Experienced fundraiser raising over $500,000: $255,000 for political campaigns, $100,000 for The Birmingham Samaritan Counseling Center, $75,000 for Augusta's Character City, and funds for various charities and projects. 

Work History

Work History
2010 - Present

Department of Defense Consultant

Military & Family Life Counselor
  • Provide confidential, non-medical short-term situational problem solving counseling to Service Members and their families in various multicultural and multifaceted military installations: Ft. Bragg, Ft. Stewart, Ft. Gordon, Ft. Drum, NS Mayport, etc.
  • Provided psycho-education to help Service Members and families understand the impact of wartime stress, deployment, family reunions following deployments, and the stress of military life.
  • Assisted children support services, helping our youngest family members cope with military life.
1989 - 2010

Executive Director

The Joshua Center, Inc.

The Joshua Center, Inc.

  • Created, established, and managed the professional Christian counseling center to meet the needs of individuals, couples, families, churches, businesses, and universities. 
  • Developed and implemented the company marketing plan, met payroll, and secure company success.
  • Provided care to clients and customers as a licensed, board approved Marriage and Family Therapist, and an Approved Supervisor, American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT).

Applied Management Concepts

Subsidiarity of The Joshua Center, Inc.

  • Contracted with businesses to provide training for effective team building, customer service, and strategies for success: Harper Partners, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Food and Drug Administration, Corp of Engineers, John Deere Corporation, and Healthcare Inc.
  • Intentional Interim Minister to assist churches with their immediate and long-term needs and goals.       Interim Churches: New Hope Baptist, Bethesda Baptist, Mountain View Baptist, Eastern Heights Baptist, Claxton Baptist, Lexington Baptist, Newington Baptist, Brooklet Baptist, South Miami Baptist, Windsor Baptist, Jefferson Street Baptist, Helen Baptist, Harlem Baptist, and Kiokee Baptist.  Interim Executive Director, Greater Birmingham Samaritan Counseling Center.
  • Twenty-four year volunteer Non-Denominational Chaplain aboard Holland-American Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and NCL providing religious services to a cross cultural clientele.
      1985 - 1989

      Associate Pastor

      University Baptist Church, Miami

      University Baptist Church

      • Developed the Pastoral Care and Counseling Center (PCC) to meet the growing counseling need of a 4,700 member congregation and the multicultural communities of Miami. Within two years the center employed three full-time counselors, contracted with three part-time counselors, and hired a full-time office manager.
      • Established and directed the prevention and education component of the PCC with a full schedule of workshops, seminars, and retreats. Created, published, and distributed a quarterly educational brochure marketing the PCC workshops, seminars, and retreats. 
      • Organized and trained lay counselors to assist with public decisions during each worship service. Preach, teach, and assist the Senior Pastor as needed and requested. 
      1982 - 1984

      Professional Development Coordinator, and Clinical Chaplain

      Eisenhower Army Medical Center

      Professional Development Coordinator

      • Developed and implemented Grand Rounds for intern and resident medical physicians based on the ethical care of patients.
      • Developed and implemented ethics seminars for intern and resident medical physicians.

      Clinical Chaplain

      • Provided Pastor Care and Counseling to Service Members, families, and staff in the Psychiatric Unit.
      • Conducted a non-denominational worship service in the Hospital Chapel for a cross-cultural population of Service Members, families, and guest. 
      • Provided a rotational On-call, after hours, Chaplain service to the Medical Center. 
      1977 - 1981

      Senior Pastor

      The First Baptist Church
      • Evaluated, organized, and charged a team of professionals to diagnosis the Old Church, and prescribe a treatment plan for a vital recovery for Birmingham's First Baptist Church.
      • Recruited, secured, and challenged a professional team of ministers to implement the Old Church's New Plan. 
      • Networked with college students from four universities to engage in the Old Church's New Plan to revitalize the ministry within the inner-city. Twenty-five ministerial students and another 100 students answered the call to ministry. 
      • Organized and initiated 18 ministries within the downtown area: after worship college students luncheons, weekly downtown business leaders luncheons, law enforcement revivals and associations, downtown tutoring programs, government housing outreach and educational programs, free legal-aid clinic, free medical screening clinic, downtown nutrition program for those living on the streets, a local work program for the inner-city individuals, and a host of smaller projects completed the New Plan.
      • Celebrated Old First Church re-birth, which later relocated to a new campus near Samford University, and today continues to be an impact for Christ in the greater Birmingham metroplex.
      1976 - 1977

      Senior Pastor

      First Baptist Church
      • Assisted the Rockmart, Georgia, congregation in transitioning from a rural congregation to an Atlanta suburban community. 
      • Organized and implemented a lay training program, and a marketing-outreach strategy.
      • Assimilated the growth from 181 members to 265 within a period of one year.
      1974 - 1976


      East Vernon Baptist Church
      • Practiced ministries learned at seminary on a willing congregation. Within two years the church grew in attendance from 64 patrons to 220. 
      • Organized the rural fellowship into a functioning Southern Baptist Church with an active participation in the Troup County Baptist Association, Georgia Baptist Convention, and Southern Baptist Convention. 
      • Organized and directed three mission trips: two state and one national: Liberia, Alaska, and Pennsylvania. 


      1981 - 1982


      Medical College of Georgia / University Hospital
      • Medical College of Georgia: Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Gerald Zuk, Supervisor.
      • University Hospital, Clinical Pastoral Education and Counseling, Dr. Earl Hackett, Supervisor.

      Doctor of Ministry

      New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

      Doctoral project and dissertation: The Establishment of Small Group Teams to Enhance Growth. The study revealed well trained, supervised, and coordinated teams function better than individuals left to their own cognizant.


      Masters in Divinity

      Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


      Georgia Regents University