Rev. Teddy Asiel Jones has been in pastoral ministry since 2003, having served as pastor for Shalom Missionary Church for thirteen (13) years (2003-2016) and two and half years at
Grace Missionary Church ( January 2017 – July 2019). In the early years at Shalom he also served concurrently as Assitant Pastor of Grace Missionary (2004 – 2007).
Rev. Jones is affectionately called, “The Ghetto Priest” due to his involvement in the Inner City and his commitment to the cause of justice for the oppressed. It is no surprise then that matters of injustice and oppression occupy a major place in his second published work, Let’s Major In The Minors, launched in December 2018. The book comes on the heels of “A Caribbean Theology of The Environment” which was published in the Caribbean Journal of Evangelical Theology (CJET). His writing has made it into the main newspaper in Jamaica, the Jamaica Gleaner, on numerous occassions from articles he submitted or from articles by contributors to the paper who consulted him.
In 2009, he was one of the three (3) winners in the First Caribbean Bank’s Unsung Heroes competition, in recognition of the years of selfless service to the Greater Grants Pen community where Shalom Missionary was located.
Rev. Jones is also an educator at the tertiary level, currently serving as an Adjunct Lecturer (Online) at the Jamaica Theological Seminary. Other roles previously held at the Seminary
include Director of Student Affairs, Director of Admissions and Recruitment and Deputy Director of Student Affairs.
Rev. Jones is heavily involved in mentoring and leadership training in various sectors of society. This is facilitated primarily through RENEWED Ministries, a youth-based ministry with a strong mentoring and leadership emphasis. In a similar fashion, he is the Board Chairman of PATHH Ministries (Pastors According To His Heart).
Rev. Jones’s educational background is diverse having been educated at the Jamaica Theological Seminary in Kingston Jamaica, Dallas Theological Seminary in the USA and ALICT (African Leadership Institute for Community Transformation) in South Africa. As a life-long learner, he is currently reading for the Master of Arts in Public Theology degree at Jamaica Theological Seminary. Along the way, he has completed various certifications including Leadership and Community Development, Dispute Resolution, Youth Entrepreneurship, Life Coaching, Guidance and Counselling, Career Counselling, Restorative Justice and life coaching. His most recent certification completed is in Teaching Enlish as a Second Language/Foreign Language from the University of London. This depth of training leads to high accolades for his preaching and teaching ministry. Participants in the Bible Studies led by Teddy have consistently expressed their opinion that he is a gifted teacher. One such is quoted as saying to him, “you have the gift of taking the obscure and making it plain.” Here are some other endorsements that have been made public:
Rev. Jones is also an avid blogger, social media commentator and entrepreneur under the brand TLZ’s Web Video and SEO Services. Business and ministry are summed up in his brand’s motto BDWVNI “Building Dreams Watering Vision Nurturing Ideas. In keeping with his desire to use every means possible to make spread the knowledge of God he hosts a multi-platform Podcast. You can listen and subscribe to it by clicking HERE
Rev. Jones’ birthplace is Trinidad. However, he is Grenadian by naturalization and Jamaican by ministry and calling, having been living here since 1998. Together with his wife Latoya, he is actively empowering young and old alike with his vibrant, innovative and radical approach to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word and motivational speeches. Their union has produced one son, Zaken’Asiel [Pronounced ZA-KEN’ AS-EE-EL]. It is his desire to serve God in his generation and empower the next generation to do the same, so the generations yet unborn will be all that they can and should be.
Rev. Jones has a knack for writing of an extremely high calibre. He has several unpublished papers which have received rave reviews. Currently he has a paper published in the Caribbean Journal of Evangelical Theology (CJET). You can download same by clicking the links below. His first book, Let’s Major In The Minors, was published November 30, 2018. It is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.
ENDORSEMENTS “Teddy presented as a very compassionate counsellor. He displayed great potential for outreach ministry.” –Maureen Watson, Experienced Counsellor/Social Worker, motivated practitioner.
“Rev. Jones is a transformational leader whose intellectual acumen and heart towards empowering individuals and communities puts him head and shoulder above many of his peers. His leadership has received national recognition and in the midst of the accolades, he remains grounded and focused on the transformation of lives. This, his insights in the field of mentoring, his pragmatism and his training, makes Rev. Jones a fit (motivational) speaker and consultant on community development, mobilization, theology and social policy. I unreservedly endorse & recommend him.” – DAMIEN MARCUS WILLIAMS, CEO Oyengge Professional Service