First Baptist Church of Monticello, Arkansas has turned to a familiar face for its senior pastor position.

Dr. Kelly Jones was confirmed as senior pastor following a church vote on May 23, 2021. He officially began his new role here at the church on June 16, 2021.

He came to FBC from the Arkansas Baptist Homes for Children, where he served as campus director here in Monticello since July of 2018.

FBC Monticello members and repeat guests need no introduction to Jones. He and his family have been active members of the church since moving to the community nearly three years ago. He even has stepped in as guest preacher from time-to-time over the years.

Jones and his wife of 24 years, Joan, have four children: Adam (19), Nick (14), Maryjoy (11), and Brooklyn (10).

Prior to taking leadership of the Arkansas Baptist Homes for Children in Monticello, Jones held senior pastor positions at FBC Harrisburg (Ark.) from 2010-18 and FBC DeWitt (Ark.) from 2006-10. He has also served on the pastoral staff at Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett (Tenn.) and Second Baptist West Helena (Ark.). He was ordained as a minister at Faith Baptist. He was ordained as a deacon in 1998 at Second Baptist West Helena, where he also served as a Sunday school teacher and discipleship training teacher.

Jones is a graduate of Phillips Community College and Delta State University. He received a master of divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.