President | R. Clifford Jones PhD

On Sunday, May 18, 2014, R. Clifford Jones was elected the 11th President of the Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Prior to his election, Dr. Jones was serving as the Associate Dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Because of his deep love for pastoral ministry, he also served as the senior pastor of the New Life Fellowship at Andrews University from 1997-2004, and as the senior pastor of the All Nations SDA Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan, from 2006-2014.

Before coming to Andrews University in 1995, Dr. Jones pastored in the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from 1979-1995, distinguishing himself in that field as a pastor/evangelist. He concluded his ministry in the Northeastern Conference by pastoring the two largest African American congregations in New York City—the Hanson Place SDA Church in Brooklyn, New York; and the Ephesus SDA Church in Harlem, New York. From 1991-1995, Dr. Jones also served as an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Ministry program at New York Theological Seminary.

Although Dr. Jones received his ministerial training at Atlantic Union College, he earned his undergraduate degree from Fitchburg State University. He graduated with an MA (Religion) from Andrews University in 1979, and with a Doctor of Ministry from New York Theological Seminary in 1989. In 2001, he earned the Doctor of Philosophy from Western Michigan University.

A sought-after presenter on leadership development and mission and ministry, Dr. Jones is the author of numerous professional and scholarly articles, and has contributed chapters to several books. He has edited two books on preaching (Preaching with Power and Preaching with Power II), and is the author of James K Humphrey and the Sabbath-Day Adventists, an African American History text that examines the break from the Adventist church of the premiere black pastor in Adventism in the early 20th century.

Being a servant of God and a friend of people is Dr. Jones’ enduring passion.


The office of the President of the Lake Region Conference  of Seventh-day Adventists leads the effort of casting a corporate vision for expanding God’s Kingdom in the Lake Region Conference’s territory. The President provides leadership for the Executive Committee to effectively govern all of the Lake Region Conference ministries and entities.