Nona Jones was ordained into the ministry at the age of 17.
She has expanded her coast as a highly sought after author, mentor, and conference speaker.
As a minister and pastor’s wife, she’s reaching an even greater audience in the digital world as head of Facebook’s Faith-based Partnership Outreach.
“I work with pastors and churches, denominations, literally all over the world to help them maximize their use of Facebook to connect to their congregations,” Jones said in an interview with CBN News. “The way that I like to think about it in a ministry context is digital discipleship.”
Jones shared how divine intervention led her to quit a job she loved and opened the door to her new position at the social media giant.
Divine Intervention Leads to Position at Facebook
“I was at the chief executive level network of alternative schools in Florida,” she said. “Four years into the role, God said this assignment is over. So I met with my boss that day; met with her at 1:00. I finished talking with her at 1:40, got in my car, was driving home. At 2:05 my cell phone rang, 25 minutes, my cell phone rang, and I didn’t recognize the number. So I wasn’t going to answer it. But the Holy Spirit said, ‘answer that.’ So, I was, like, ‘hello,’ and the lady was, like, is this Nona Jones? And I said, Yeah,’ and she said, ‘I’m calling from Facebook.'”
A Rocky Start in Life
By all accounts, Jones is living a life of purpose. But the journey to that purpose has been filled with rejection and abuse.
“I grew up in a very traumatic situation,” she explained. “My father actually wanted to have children, but for 15 years he and my mom were married she never got pregnant and then she finally got pregnant and she actually cried because she didn’t want to have children.”
After her father died of cancer in 1984, her mother dated many different men.
One of them ended up sexually abusing her.
“When I was about five, she met a guy who became her live-in boyfriend, and unfortunately, shortly after that he started to abuse me sexually,” said Jones.
The abuse affected Jones in many ways.
She said, “I would go to school and act out because, frankly, there was a lot of chaos at home and I didn’t know how to process it.”
Discovering Jesus Changes Everything
But at age eleven, Jones’ life changed forever when a friend invited her to church.
“It was there that I discovered Jesus,” she said. “I began to learn about the calling that God had on my life.”
However, the abuse continued, and Jones eventually told her mother about it.
“The very first time I told her what he did, she had him arrested and I was so excited. I was like ‘thank you, Lord, he’s gone.'”
Unfortunately, that relief didn’t last.
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