My name is Tim Jones (or so Witness Protection would have you
believe). I grew up in the Pittsburgh area, with all the accompanying
sports loyalties. I started out studying theater, and I've been an Improv actor,
artist, commercial actor, and stand-up comedian. I have also been a minister for
forty years, graduating from Johnson University, and have sometimes tried
to blend entertainment with ministry and sometimes, disastrously. I'm
crazy about my wife of almost forty years, Lisa, and our three grown kids and 4
We moved to BLOC in 2013, from the richest county in
America outside of DC to one of the neediest in Cincinnati because I felt like
most suburban churches were not quite scratching the itch of Jesus' main
target, the poor. At BLOC, I help with our Arts program, getting to know
teens and children in Lower Price Hill through Art. I also help Lisa
facilitate "Girls Wanted" in the same building, ministering to many
of the same kids as in art. I also preach at the Bridge, where many of
our BLOC people attend.
I love and believe in the time-tested methods of
BLOC: hang around, be good friends and neighbors until conversations about God
emerge. I would love to develop some big dream projects to engage the
kids in our neighborhood.
My favorite guiding scripture is the entire chapter of Isaiah 53.
"...Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." - Isaiah 53:1-12
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