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Watson Jones III named college’s Alumnus of the Year

Trinity CommunicationsNovember 08, 2018

Watson Jones III, a two-time graduate of Trinity International University, has been named the undergraduate Alumnus of the Year.

Jones received the award before speaking in chapel Nov. 2 on the TIU campus. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in business in 2006, and a Master of Divinity from TEDS in 2010. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in African-American preaching and sacred rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary.

While a student at TEDS, Jones also served as director of Multicultural Development at TIU from 2008-10.

Originally from the south side of Chicago, Jones embarked on ministry as an urban church planter in northwest Philadelphia. National Public Radio featured the story of his work with Restoration Church in an extended feature on the popular show “This American Life.”

Jones now is the senior pastor at Compassion Baptist Church on East 95th Street on Chicago’s southeast side. Members of his church attended the chapel service and a luncheon conducted in his honor.

Jones told his chapel audience that he met his wife Kelly at TIU while both were students. His text for the message came from I Peter 1.

“We congratulate Watson Jones III on this significant recognition,” president David S. Dockery said. The Trinity community is grateful for how he has represented Trinity as well as for his faithful leadership and ministry to both church and society. We certainly wish God’s ongoing blessings for Rev. Jones in the days ahead.”

The university will award the TEDS Alumnus of the Year recognition during spring graduation in 2019.

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