Dr. Jonathan Michael Jones is a classical and contemporary singer, song and hymn writer, conductor, pianist, author, and ordained preacher/minister. Raised singing and playing church music, Jonathan developed a musical passion at an early age and continues to channel that through sacred and secular genres today. As a conductor, he has had the privilege of directing collegiate ensembles and opera choruses in institutions such as The University of Southern Mississippi, Texas State University, and The University of Mary Hardin Baylor. As a collaborative pianist, Jonathan has worked with wonderful musicians in collegiate, secondary, and sacred fields performing for solo and choral concerts, recitals, and services of worship. In the contemporary/pop field, Jonathan embraces opportunities to perform making him an eclectic and versatile musician collaborating to create a collage of contemporary and classical music, a unique aspect to his artistry.
Jonathan’s music has taken him around the world conducting and performing throughout Europe, South Korea, Canada, and Mexico. From 2003-2004, he was the worship leader for The University of Mary Hardin Baylor Chapel and had the privilege of leading services with noted speakers such as Gov. Rick Perry. In 2011, Jonathan was the pianist for the first ever recording of the Tuskegee Airmen fight song. Additionally, he has performed for notable music festivals as South X Southwest in Austin and has recorded or been a part of multiple recorded albums.
Jonathan has also participated in numerous speaking and preaching engagements and ministry opportunities including prison ministry. He has been a public communicator on various topics of worship and theology around the world and has shared his passion for missions and worship in worship services, conferences, retreats, and seminars.
Jonathan holds degrees and certificates and has completed studies in music, theology, Christian education, historical theology, worship, and liturgical studies through multiple institutions including a doctorate in worship studies. He has held employment appointments and teaching responsibilities with Columbia Evangelical Seminary, Texas Tech University, Angelina College, The University of Southern Mississippi, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Texas State University. Some of his noted pedagogues include the following:
conductors, Gregory A. Fuller, John Flanery, Joey Martin, Lynn Brinckmeyer, and David Guess,
pianist, Robert Steinbauer,
organist, Thomas Hughes,
vocalist, Guy Wilson,
theorists, Peter Martens, David Forrest, Matthew Santa, Lon Chaffin, Russell Riepe, and Joe Brumbeloe, and
worship and theological teachers, Christopher Montgomery and Benjamin Montoya.
Jonathan has been a part of professional ensembles such as the Texas Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Singing Men of Texas. In 2017, Jonathan launched a weekly blog and podcast entitled Act of Worship. He has authored numerous articles and books including the 2018 publications of A Sacred Dialogue: Initiation and Response in the Worship Event and Five Neglected Essentials of Worship and Their Solutions. Jonathan is currently a freelance musician and collaborative artist, worship leader, teacher, preacher, and member of multiple professional organizations.