William Jones, Sr., Pastor
Forest Heights Baptist Church (FHBC)
6371 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill Maryland 20745
Pastor, William Jones, Sr. is a native of Washington, D. C. He accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the early age of ten years old. He attended the District of Colombia public schools until he entered the United States Army, February 8, 1968. Reverend Jones’ career in the military began in the Republic of South Vietnam, he has served in Korea, Germany, Okinawa, and Somalia.
Pastor Jones is the 1st African American called to Pastor FHBC since its founding in 1953. Pastor, Jones was ordained as a Deacon while serving as a First Sergeant in the United States Army, Fort. Lee Virginia.
He was ordained at Fort Lee Gospel Chapel Service, Pastor, Harvey J. Lester. In his twenty-six years, Reverend Jones held every enlisted rank from private to Command Sergeants Major while serving on active duty.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Washington Bible College, Lanham, Maryland. Reverend Jones completed his Graduate Studies at Howard University School of Divinity, and graduated May 2004 receiving his Master of Divinity Degree.
Pastor Jones was ordained on June 28, 2003, at Zion Baptist Church 4850 Blagden, Avenue, N. W. Washington, DC, under the tutelage of Reverend, Dr. Emil M. Thomas, Pastor, Zion Baptist Church
He served as Founding Pastor of, a Branch of Zion Baptist Church in Washington, D. C. for three years.
Our 1st Lady Jeretta M. Jones whom we fondly Call (Jerri), is a native of Halifax Virginia. She graduated from Halifax County Senior High School, Halifax, Va. As a member of New Zion Baptist Church, Va. She Sang with The Martin Sister’s at churches and Theaters through out Virginia.
In 1973 She became a member of Marshal Heights Baptist Church, Washington DC. She sang with (Jack Taylor), Gospel Choir and appeared on DC’s Gospel Tv Show, Spread a Little Sunshine on Sunday Morning.
She then moved to Bremerhaven Germany, where she served as Chaplin with Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC), and at Andrews AFB, Suitland Maryland.
Our First Lady was ordained as a Deacon at Zion Baptist Church, Washington DC, by then, Rev., Dr. Emil Thomas, Pastor. She served on the Young Adult Usher Board and work with the Youth Group there.
She later joined Forest Heights with her husband of now 42 years of marriage and five children, Pamela(deceased), William Jr, Opal, Jennifer, and Stephanie.
Jerri joined the choir and is now a member of the praise team. Our 1st Lady serves with Vacation Bible School, the Women’s Ministry, children’s church and is most fondly noted for directing the Play “Flight 309”.
Certificate of License
Zion Baptist Church Congregation
4850 Blagden Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20011
Reverend, Dr. Emil M. Thomas March 26, 2000
Certificate of Ordination
Reverend, Dr. Emil M. Thomas June 28, 2003
Certificate of Authorization
District of Columbia
Eugene N. Hamilton, Judge July 31, 2003
Zion Baptist Church December 1997
Gospel Chapel Service
Fort Lee, Virginia June 7, 1984
Washington Bible College
Bachelor of Arts August 31, 2001
Howard University School Divinity
Guest speaker for the District of Columbia WW1 Memorial, May 18, 2008; in remembrance of the 487 Washingtonians who gave their lives in the War to End All Wars. This request was from the District of Columbia Mayors (Adrian Fenty), Veterans Affairs Office.
Guest speaker for the American War mothers
Association, Washington DC. Invited to preach at local churches throughout the DC Metropolitan Area, i.e. Mary’s Missionary Bible Church, Mary Fowler, Pastor; New Creation Baptist Church, Ella Redfield, Pastor; Fellowship Baptist Church, Carlton W. Veazy, Pastor.
As a member of Rolling Thunder assisted in feeding the homeless veterans during “Winter Haven” a program of the Washington, DC Veterans Hospital. This program provides food, clothing, healthcare, free coupons, and other needed items for every winter.
Member of Rolling Thunder Maryland Chapter 1 (September-2006-2010). This organization’s mission is to publicize the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) issue; to educate the public that many American prisoners of wars were left behind after all previous wars.
And to help correct the past and to protect future veterans from being left behind should they become prisoners of war or missing in action. We are also committed to helping American veterans from all wars.
Former Member of Rolling Thunder Maryland Chapter 3; (October 2004 to September — 2006) our mission was to bring all veterans back home from all wars, past and present. We pushed the United States Congress to work with all countries, the United States has had a war or conflict with, and any military personnel that have not returned home and or not accounted for is returned. (Our organization is not a motorcycle club.) We attend funerals at the request of the family, feed homeless veterans, provide escort service for our veterans at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, and donated a washer and dryers to the Soldier and Airman Home of Washington DC.
Lifetime Member Disable Veterans Organization (DAV) an organization that gives support to our veterans who need assistance with submitting disability claims. They aided active duty soldiers’ families while serving on the War on Terrorism.
A member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9617 (VFW) Suitland, Maryland. The VFW provides numerous services to military service members and their families. The three main efforts of the VFW Military Services department are: Military Assistance Program (MAP); VFW Operation Uplink was launched in 1996 to connect active-duty troops and hospitalized veterans with their loved ones; Unmet Needs Program. With the help of corporate sponsors like Vermont American, the VFW Foundation receives funding to establish, administer and promote the Unmet Needs Program.
Member of American Legion Riders Post 259, Clinton Maryland June 1994-Present. For God and Country, we associated ourselves together for the follow pauses, to demonstrate the principals of responsible motorcycling. As set forth in the Rider’s Response: “We the American Legion Rider’s, ride for God Country, The American Legion family, and Allied Veterans everywhere, protect those that protect us. Amen.” To serve as examples of responsible American Patriotism; to uphold and defined the Constitution of the United States of America, to serve our comrades as set forth in the Preamble of the Constitution of the American Legion.
Lifetime member 9th & 10th Horse Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Washington D. C. Pastor Jones, depicted, Captain Henry V. Plumber. He was the first Black Army Chaplin.