Meet Briona Jones
Master of Divinity
What is your hometown and educational background?
My hometown is Phoenix, Arizona. I received a bachelor of arts in English literature from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.
How has your time at Garrett-Evangelical shaped your ministry and calling?
Garrett-Evangelical has taught me what it truly means to put your heart into something. Simply saying what you believe, what you do not believe, or may believe was not enough for me to live out my faith in God. Rather, my faith requires a response — a very particular response — one that is looking to rise above all noise, interlocking systems of oppression, and injustice to truly discover that which sustains me — divine grace, love, and mercy from God.
What is your most transformative experience at Garrett-Evangelical?
My most transformative experience at Garrett-Evangelical was the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE). Words cannot describe how grateful I am for CBE. It wasn’t just about favors or recommendation letters. It was more about cultivating space for me to learn and grow in the faith in ways that are unique and relevant to who I am becoming.
What are your plans or your hopes for your future?
I hope to be ordained as an elder and launch a women’s ministry, teaching Bible study.