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Olivet College to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan 08, 2013

Olivet College will commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting guest speaker Rev. Melvin T. Jones Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 1:30 in Mott Auditorium.

Jones serves as senior pastor for the Union Missionary Baptist Church of Lansing. During his 27 years as a resident of Lansing, he has served as chairman of the city’’s Human Relations Department; president of the Michigan Baptist State Convention, Pastor’’s Conference, and Inner City Pastors Alliance; chairman and organizer of the Seven Block development program; and founder and chairman of GLADE, now known as ACTION of Greater Lansing, an interdenominational justice ministry of churches. Currently, Jones serves as president of the Clergy Forum of Greater Lansing.

Prior to his work with Union Missionary Baptist, Jones served as pastor for Jerriel Baptist Church, in Cincinnati, Ohio. During his tenure he grew the congregational membership from 300 to more than 1,000.

Jones graduated from Case Western Reserve University where he earned his master’’s degree in clinical psychology with undergraduate work in religion and philosophy. He also attended Ashland Theological Seminary.

In addition, Jones is a noted community leader, having received several awards and honors, and is a member of many community and church organizations as well as human rights groups in Michigan and Ohio. He is a frequent guest on “Dialogue,” a television program produced by Xavier University, and has served as guest speaker for many civic and educational institutions, including: Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, Wilberforce University and Xavier University.

For more information about the event, contact Larry Smith, director of the college’’s African American Culture Center, at (269) 749-7750 or lsmith@olivetcollege.edu.


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