Dr. Damone Jones, Sr.


Dr. Jones (BSc, MSc, Cairn University; DMin, Palmer Theological Seminary) serves as Senior Pastor of Bible Way Baptist Church in West Philadelphia and serves on the Board of Missio Seminary.

Dr. Jones received Christ as Savior and Lord at the young age of sixteen years old.  Being led by the Holy Spirit, he answered the call to the Gospel Ministry at eighteen years of age.  On November 5, 1986 Dr. Jones was licensed to the ministry by his beloved father in the ministry, the late Reverend Hiawatha Coleman, former Pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

Having a tremendous burden for at-risk youth, Dr. Jones served at the Philadelphia Youth (Detention) Center as Coordinating Chaplain.  Dr. Jones also served as a panelist for the District Attorney’s Youth Aid Panel and as President of the Police Clergy Program in the 19th Police District.  Dr. Jones has also served his community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Carroll Park Community Council.  In 2001, Dr. Jones was appointed by Mayor John F. Street to the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics and in 2006 appointed to a Blue Ribbon Commission on Children’s Behavioral Health in the City of Philadelphia.  In 2008, Dr. Jones was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to the Advisory Board of the Mayor’s Office of Community Services and appointed to the Philadelphia Board of Ethics in 2009.  In 2011, Mayor Michael Nutter appointed Dr. Jones to the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Prison System and in 2015 appointed him Chairman of the Board.  At the state level, Dr. Jones was appointed to serve on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s transition team, co-chairing the Review Committee on the PA Department of Corrections. Governor Wolf then appointed Dr. Jones to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.