St. John’s Episcopal Church recently announced that the congregation has called The Rev. Timothy Jones to be their next rector.

Jones and his wife, Jill, will join the church family with his first sermon on Sunday.

Since 2012, Jones has served as dean (senior minister) of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina.

Prior to this he served as senior associate rector at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Both these churches have well over 3,000 active parishioners with budgets over $3,000,000 and with staff of over 20.

However, having served his first church, Germantown Brick Church of the Brethren in Rocky Mount, he felt a strong interest in coming back to rural Virginia and being able to work on a more personal level with a congregation.

Jones received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological seminary and a Master of Sacred Theology degree with an emphasis on Anglican studies from the University of the South, Sewanee.

His undergraduate degree is from Pepperdine University. He has led workshops and retreats on prayer and spiritual life in the states and in South Africa and taught theology and spiritual formation to church leaders and seminarians at Alexandria School of Theology, in both Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt.

He has indicated a real of teaching Sunday school, both adult and children, likes to put an emphasis on nurturing newcomers and youth, and strongly believes in actively promoting church participation in mission and outreach programs.

Earlier in his career he served as managing editor of Moorings division of the Ballantine Publishing Company, Books Editor and Associate Editor of Christianity Today magazine.

He has also written several books — “The Art of Prayer,” which was highly praised by Lord Carey, the “103 Archbishop of Canterbury,” “Awake My Soul,” “Nurturing Your Child’s Soul,” “Workday Prayers” and “Celebration of Angels,” many of which he used in his workshops and retreats.

On a more personal level, Jones is in his early 60s and has been married for more than 40 years. They have two sons, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

His wife also is an ordained priest who just retired from interim ministry.

They met while both were attending Princeton Theological Seminary.

Jones loves folk music and uses his instrumental and vocal skills to front a bluegrass/old time band, writes CD reviews and does interviews for folk music publications, and loves local coffee shops.