Tinsley Jones called to direct Leadership Institute at Union Seminary

RICHMOND, Va. (July 25, 2018) – Tinsley Jones has accepted a call to return to her alma mater at Union Presbyterian Seminary as director of program development for The Leadership Institute, which strengthens and enriches the ministries of churches and other ministry settings, and serves as a significant partner in the ongoing process of educating and equipping leaders for service to the church and world.

“Tinsley Jones brings a rich background to her new position at our Leadership Institute,” said the Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. McFayden, academic dean of the seminary’s Richmond campus. “Her experiences in business and ministry, coupled with her passion for leadership development, will assist our seminary in building upon the excellent continuing education programming we offer the church and its leaders.”

Previously, Jones was director of recreation ministry for Crestwood Church in Midlothian, Virginia, where she planned and directed recreation programs to enhance community engagement and served as both the visionary and the manager of the ministry to participants and families. She also helped launch a learning community focused on connecting Richmond area parish and non-parish sports and recreation ministry leaders. Her employment background includes experience in sales and marketing for a fast-growing packaging equipment and engineering company, where she managed advertising and marketing details for the industrial sales division for a number of years.

She believes one of her primary responsibilities within The Leadership Institute is showcasing the great resource Union Presbyterian Seminary is for adults seeking to broaden and develop their knowledge base as well as enhancing their personal and professional networks.

“I’m excited to be back on campus and play a role in equipping and inspiring church and ministry leaders through the work of The Leadership Institute and our continuing education and development opportunities,” said Jones. “Our desire is to build upon the sound theological education that Union provides, as well as be a resource and community partner for those seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in an active and engaging learning environment. I feel fortunate to be a part of what’s in store.”

The Leadership Institute has connected with thousands of adults seeking education and leadership development over the years, including pastors, educators, lay leaders, and more. Among its hallmarks is providing space for ministry leaders to learn and connect with one another over topics relevant to strengthening their service to the church and the world.

Jones received a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary in 2011, and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a business minor from James Madison University.