Meet Your Teacher: Timothy Paul Jones

Thanks for leading the Four Views of the End Times study! My name is Timothy Paul Jones, and I love living in Louisville, Kentucky, with my wife Rayann and our three daughters—as well as an over-energetic Siberian Husky. Over the past two decades, I've had the privilege of serving as pastor in several wonderful congregations of believers, most recently as part of First Baptist Church of Rolling Hills ( in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In these contexts, I saw over and over how theology and church history could help people to flesh out their faith in powerful ways.

Now, I serve as professor of Christian ministry and associate vice president at one of the largest seminaries in the world, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary ( in Louisville, Kentucky. Here, I invest my time in mentoring a rising generation of God-called ministers of the Gospel. I also edit The Journal of Family Ministry ( and write books in the fields of history, apologetics, and family ministry. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading forgotten books, drinking French-pressed coffee, and cooking for my students. Our family is involved in ministry at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville (

Thanks for your willingness to lead a group of learners through this study! If you enjoy Four Views of the End Times, I encourage you to continue the conversation with me by aiming a tweet in my direction at or by digging into my book Christian History Made Easy.

Professor Timothy Paul Jones adds a touch of humor when teaching on the end times

About Timothy Paul Jones

Timothy Paul Jones serves as the C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry and as associate vice president at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. Before teaching at Southern Seminary, Dr. Jones led churches in Missouri and Oklahoma as a pastor and an associate pastor.

Dr. Jones has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books in the fields of family ministry and apologetics, including the CBA bestseller The Da Vinci Codebreaker. In 2007, Charles Colson listed him as one of “four names you need to know” when responding to the new atheists. Christian Retailing Magazine awarded Jones top honors in 2010 in the Christian education category for his book Christian History Made Easy. Jones has also received the Scholastic Recognition Award from the North American Professors of Christian Education for his research in faith development.

The son of a rural pastor, Dr. Jones earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biblical studies at Manhattan Christian College. He also holds the Master of Divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has taught biblical languages at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and at Oklahoma Baptist University, as well as lecturing on the reliability of the New Testament Gospels at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) at forums sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Despite his academic background, Dr. Jones has shown a capacity to communicate to ordinary people in an appealing and accessible style. He has been interviewed on numerous radio and television programs, including WGN Morning News, Fox & Friends, Crosstalk America, and Bible Answer Man. Dr. Jones is married to Rayann and they have three daughters.

What Others Are Saying About Dr. Jones' Writings

"Beautifully simple, beginner-friendly."
J.I. Packer, Professor Emeritus, Regent College (Endorsement of Christian History Made Easy)

"Highly accessible."
Chris Armstrong, "Top Ten Entry Points to Christian History," Christianity Today (Review of Christian History Made Easy)

"This handy and helpful reference work will be of benefit to anyone needing to find general information quickly."
Charles H. Ray, Book Review Editor, Conservative Theological Journal (Review of Nelson's New Christian Dictionary)

"Jones ... unearths hidden spiritual riches."
Mark Galli, Managing Editor, Christianity Today (Endorsement of Prayers Jesus Prayed)

"Combines imaginative story telling with knowledge of the Land ... [his] retellings of gospel stories have color, pathos, and humor."
James Strange, Professor of Religious Studies, University of South Florida (Endorsement of Praying Like the Jew, Jesus)

"Timothy Paul Jones writes with the heart of a poet and the mind of a theologian."
Mike Nappa, bestselling author (Review of Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away)

"Amazing insight!"
Mike Hentz, Christian Book Previews (Review of Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away)

"Masterful, vibrant writing ... Jones' writing is a fine match for the glorious tales of Jedi knights."
Aspiring Retail (Review of Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away)

"Each time I read his writing, I find myself saying, ‘Aha!' or ‘I wish I'd thought of that.'"
Jim Garlow, bestselling coauthor of Cracking Da Vinci's Code (Endorsement of Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away)