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Dr. Ian Jones

Dr. Ian Jones

Professor of Counseling

Associate Dean, Division of Counseling

Occupying the Baptist Community Ministries' Chair of Pastoral Counseling

Office: L101
Office Phone: (504) 282-4455, ext. 3716
Fax: (504) 816-8688
E-Mail: ijones@nobts.edu


  • Ph.D., University of North Texas (1991)
  • Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1984)
  • M.A.(RE), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1979)
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1979)
  • B.A, Centenary College (1975)
  • Additional Study at University of Texas at Arlington

Teaching Experience

  • Chair, Division of Church and Community Ministries, 2013-2020
  • Professor of Psychology and Counseling, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2010-2017
  • Professor of Psychology & Counseling, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2000-2010 (Tenured)
  • Assistant Dean, Division of Psychology & Counseling, SWBTS, 2004-2009
  • Chair, Department of Psychology & Counseling, SWBTS, 1999-2004
  • Associate Professor of Psychology & Counseling, SWBTS, 1997-1999
  • Dean, School of Social Sciences, Howard Payne University, 1992-1996
  • Professor of Sociology, Howard Payne University, 1988-1996 (Tenured)
  • Associate Professor of Sociology, Howard Payne University, 1985-1988

Teaching Specializations

  • Counseling Theory
  • Historical Pastoral Counseling
  • Cross-cultural Counseling
  • Counseling and Ethics

Ministry Experience

  • Director, Baptist Marriage & Family Counseling Center, Fort Worth, Texas, 1999-2010
  • Conference Speaker and Preacher in churches and missionary meetings in Texas, Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Mexico, and Costa Rica
  • Visiting Lecturer, Queensland Baptist College of Ministries (now Malyon College), Australia, 2002, 2011
  • Visiting Professor, Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary, Penang, Malaysia, 2003
  • Visiting Lecturer, Tabor College, NSW, Australia, 2012
  • Visiting Lecturer, Morling College (The Baptist Theological College of New South Wales), Macquarie Park, New South Wales, Australia, 2016
  • Executive Director, Board of Christian Professional & Pastoral Counselors, International Board of Christian Care, 2013-Present
  • Visiting Professor, Eastern Cuba Baptist Theological Seminary, Santiago, Cuba, 2018


Books & Articles (Selected)
  • The Counsel of Heaven on Earth: Foundations for Biblical Christian Counseling (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, June, 2006)
  • “Research in Christian Counseling: Proving and Promoting Our Valued Cause” (Chapter 30, pp. 641-657), Competent Christian Counseling, Volume One: Foundations & Practice of Compassionate Soul Care (Colorado Springs, Colorado: WaterBrook Press, 2002).
  • Ian F. Jones, Tim Clinton, and George Ohlschlager, “Christian Counseling and Essential Biblical Principles,” in Timothy Clinton and George Ohlschlager (editors), Caring for People God’s Way: Personal and Emotional Issues, Addictions, Grief, and Trauma (Nashville, TN: Nelson Reference & Electronic, 2005), pp. 45-71.
  • “Ministry to the grieving: Care giving after the Wedgwood tragedy,” Southwestern News (Special Edition), Vol. 58. (1999), pp. 16-17.
  • “Inner Healing and Therapeutic Prayer: The Parameters and Power of Prayer in Counseling,” Christian Counseling Today, Vol. 15, No. 2 (2007), 25-27.
  • “What’s New about Christian Counseling as Mission,” Edification: Journal of the Society for Christian Psychology, Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2008): 19-20.
  • “Genesis and Counseling,” Transformation, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2009): 2-3.
  • Eric Johnson & Ian F. Jones, “The Use of Scripture in Counseling,” Christian Counseling Today, Vol. 16, No. 4 (2009), 47-50.
  • “Wise Counsel from the Past: Luther on Depression,” Transformation, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2010): 3-4.
  • “Spiritual Support Systems,” in The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling: An Indispensible Tool for Helping People With Their Problems, edited by Tim Clinton and Ron Hawkins (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2011), 72-73.
  • “Quantitative Research,” in The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling: An Indispensible Tool for Helping People With Their Problems, edited by Tim Clinton and Ron Hawkins (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2011), 548-550.
  • “Communicating Truth in Biblically-Based Counseling,” Transformation, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2010).
  • “Biblical Preparation and Practice in Christian Counseling,” Christian Counseling Today, Vol. 18, No. 4 (2011), 52-55.
  • “The Uniqueness of Human Nature in Christian Counseling,” Transformation, Vol. 5, No. 4 (2013), 6-8.
  • AACC Christian Counseling Best Practices Series (3-Hour Study Program): A Theology of Christian Counseling 2.0
  • “Chapter 10: Christian Formation of the Self Strategies.” In Counseling Techniques: A Comprehensive Resource for Christian Counselors (pp. 197-220), edited by John C. Thomas (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018).

Professional Affiliations, Certifications, Licenses, and Presentations

  • Evangelical Theological Society (ETS)
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)--Clinical Fellow
  • American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)
  • Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC), International Board of Christian Counselors
  • Biblical Foundations and Spiritual Formation Network (BFSFN) (Co-Director)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Louisiana & Texas
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Texas
  • Approved Supervisor, LPC, Louisiana & Texas
  • Approved Supervisor, LMFT, Texas
  • Basic & Advanced Training: Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) & Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
  • Various presentations and workshops at CAPS conferences, AACC National & World Conferences, Tarrant Baptist Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, and at a Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA) meeting.

Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Chi Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Who's Who in America (2002, 2007)
  • Who's Who in American Education (2006-2007, 2007-2008)
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America
  • Who's Who in the South and Southwest
  • Who's Who Among Young American Professionals
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2002, 2005-2006)
  • Dictionary of International Biography
  • 1992 Piper Foundation Nominee for Outstanding Professor, Texas
  • 1992 Mayoral Appointee, Brownwood Human Relations Commission
  • 1996 Howard Payne University Certificate for Excellence in Teaching
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award, School of Community Service, University of North Texas, 1997
  • The Heritage Registry of Who's Who (2005, 2006-2007)
  • Strathmore's Who's Who (2005, 2006-2007)
  • Manchester Who's Who Among Professional Therapists "Honors Edition" (2005-2006)
  • Who's Who in the World (2006-2007)
  • The Metropolitan Who's Who Registry (2006-2007)
  • Cambridge Who's Who Among Professional Therapists "Honors Edition" (2006-2007)
  • Gary R. Collins Award for Academic Excellence in Christian Counseling, AACC, 2009
  • Outstanding Research Professor, Marvin Jones Award for Excellence, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2015
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