David Bebb Jones ’56

2011 Distinguished Citizen Award

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David Bebb Jones came to Macalester in 1952 as a business major, but found his vocation here as a Presbyterian minister. After leaving Macalester, where Jones met his wife, Ann Beran Jones ’57, he attended McCormick Theological Seminary. He then spent 39 years as the pastor of three Presbyterian churches in Illinois, most recently in the Chicago suburb of Western Springs. Jones served for nine years on the McCormick Theological Seminary board of trustees and was moderator of the Chicago Presbytery in 1977.

In 1965 Jones participated in the Selma, Alabama, March for Voting Rights with Martin Luther King Jr. He then cofounded the Tazewell County Human Relations Commission to address racial discrimination and chaired the Interorganizational Task Force for Community Organizations, which advocated for racial minority organizations throughout Illinois.

Jones seeks justice for Palestinians and served as convener of the Presbytery’s Middle East Task Force. He also helped to develop a covenant between the Chicago Presbytery and Chicago area Muslims to seek mutual understanding. David and Ann also have been involved in the ecumenical movement, attending Parliaments of the World's Religions in South Africa and Spain. Finally, Jones is a longtime supporter of the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers. As his classmate and roommate Charles N. Johnson ’56 put it, "David Bebb Jones has spent his adult life in the service of others."

Together Ann and David Jones were presented with the Church Women United Human Rights Award in Naperville, Illinois. Jones also received a Lifetime Award for Racial Justice from a diversity group in LaGrange, Illinois, and an Honorary Life Membership in the Presbyterian Women organization.