Reverend Jones was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1971. He has served churches in Rhode Island and both western and central Massachusetts. His longest, pastorate spanned 21 years in Spencer Mass. He has also served as Interim Minister in three central Mass. churches.
Richard grew up and attended college in California. He experienced a call to the ministry at an early age and decided to come east after coollege to further study towards that goal. In 1971 he graduated with his Masters degree from Andover Newton Theological School after serving as a student-minister in both Watertown Mass. and Wells Maine. He has made Massachusetts his home ever since.
Richard is married to Donna Mae Jones.l They share six children and nine grandchildren. She is a professor at Springfield Technical Community College Department of Nursing.
Richard has brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to his pastoral leadership that reflects a caring and personal style of ministry. He beleives that pastoral ministry is both a sacred task and a privilege. We are honored to have him as our pastor.