Cory Jones is senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington, New Jersey, and a member of the Good Faith Media governing board.

  1. What story, verse or passage from your faith tradition’s sacred texts has significantly influenced / shaped your life?

Definitely Luke 4:16-21.

In seminary, this text was presented to me as Jesus’ mission statement. That changed my life and ministry.

  1. Who are three people (other than your family) who have shaped your life and worldview? And why?

Otis Moss III – I met him in seminary, and he inspired me to be able to relate to people and culture in unique and powerful ways. He is unapologetically Black and Christian. I learned I could be eloquent, educated, Afrocentric, young and love God.

Carolyn Ann Knight – She was my professor of preaching in seminary. Her dedication to her craft and the way she consumed literature fascinated me. I learned that leaders are readers.

Kenton Sparks – He is a recent addition who probably would not know he is on my list. Dr. Sparks was one of my first professors in my doctorate program.

  1. List three of your “desert island” books, movies or TV shows.

Movie – “Coming to America,” TV show – “Power” (don’t tell anyone), Book: Showtime by Jeff Pearlman.

  1. What is one of the most critical issues people are facing today?

I think the relevance of religion/church is critical. When people see a disconnect or a lack of relatability, it hurts our credibility tremendously and contaminates our ability to speak to issues relating to justice, politics, race and so on.

  1. What are a few of your hobbies?

Restaurants!

  1. If you could freeze your life into an already-lived 10 seconds, what would they be?

I would love to freeze life on the beach in Barbados with my wife, Deborah.

  1. Our tagline at Good Faith Media is, “There’s more to tell.” What’s your “more to tell”?

There is definitely more to tell. I’m currently learning more about how theology and psychology integrate and I’m excited about where that will take me.

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