|Reverend Calvin Jones, Jr. ~ Senior Pastor
For 17 years, Rev. Calvin Jones, Jr. has made it his mission to minister beyond the walls of the church.
As senior pastor of Providence Baptist Church of San Francisco since 1991, Rev. Jones leads one of the largest church congregations in San Francisco. The church has two worship services, two corporate bible studies, and weekly concentrated areas of study for men, women, youth, and children.
A native of San Francisco, California, Rev. Jones graduated from Balboa High School in 1969. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Welfare from the University of Washington in 1975. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Harvard University in 1983. He also played Defensive Back for the Denver Broncos from 1973 to 1976. He was inducted into the University of Washington's Football Hall of Fame and he was chosen as the Associated Press First Team All-American Defensive Back.
Rev. Jones works tirelessly as he ministers to families and youth involved in or affected by crime in San Francisco. In 1997, he formed the Providence Foundation of San Francisco, a collaborative foundation with the church to provide a multitude of services including a Nutrition Program; Homeless Shelter Program; Summer Day Camp; After-School Tutorial Program; and Providence Opportunities Program. Rev. Jones ministers with an open mind. He sees a need and creates the solution to fill the void.
In 2004, Rev. Jones established a youth outreach program at the San Francisco Juvenile Hall in which he ministers to youth and their families to assist with communication and life-altering skills. The San Francisco Chronicle featured Rev. Jones in an article describing his community service, reaching young people, and his desire to service those families grief stricken in the wake of San Francisco violence. In this article, he was dubbed "The Funeral Preacher."
A true proponent of faith-based community development, Rev. Jones and the Providence family are moving towards a vision that God gave Rev. Jones in collaboration with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, the Mayor's Office of Housing, San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, Christian Church Homes of Northern California, & Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide Seniors of the Bayview-Hunter's Point Community affordable housing. The architectural design was completed and approved in 2004 and the groundbreaking began in 2005. In September 2008, upon completion, the multi-purpose community will include community and commercial rental space, a parking facility, a Providence Foundation Administration Office, and a communal rooftop garden.
A firm believer in community involvement, Pastor Jones is a Board Member of the Tabernacle Community Development Corporation, Commissioner of National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Prison Ministry; Founding Board Member of the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation; Founding Executive Director of the Family School of San Francisco; and a member of the Mayor of San Francisco Citizens Advisory Committee for the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard.
In 1977, he was invited by the 38th US President Gerald R. Ford to be the Keynote Speaker at the Prayer Breakfast at the White House. Rev. Jones has received numerous awards and recognition which include: CityFlight's “10 Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area"; Distinguished Clergy of the Year, Alliance of Black School Educators of SF; and Honored by the San Francisco Chapter of the NAACP. He has also spoken on numerous national platforms.