In Memoriam: Bishop L. Bevel Jones III


We learned on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 of the death of Bishop Bevel Jones.  We express our prayers and condolences to the Jones family, and to all of their friends and associates.

He was elected to the episcopacy at the 1984 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, he was assigned to the Charlotte area and served the Western North Carolina Conference until his retirement in 1996.

Bev Jones was born in a Methodist parsonage in Gracewood, Georgia. He earned the A.B. degree from Emory University and the M. Div. degree from the Candler School of Theology. LaGrange College (Georgia), High Point University (North Carolina) and Emory University conferred honorary degrees on him.

Bevel Jones joined the North Georgia Conference and was ordained both deacon and elder by Bishop Arthur J. Moore. His six pastorates were all in the North Georgia, the same conference in which his late father, the Reverend Lewis Bevel Jones, Jr., served for fifty years, and from which his son, the Reverend Dr. David Bevel Jones, retired.

He served as the Vice Chair of the General Commission on Religion and Race (1984-1988), President of United Methodist Communications (1992-1996) and President of the North American Section of the World Methodist Council (1991-1996).

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred "Tuck" Jones.  They were married in 1949 at First Methodist, Decatur, where Bev had been Assistant Pastor during seminary. They are survived by three children: David Bevel, minister; Mark Edward, commercial artist; and Sharon Brewer, Alliance Theater; and six grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

Link to obituary

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


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