Full Name
Ella Jones
Mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, Chromatographer, Pastor, and Politician
Speaker Bio
The Hon. Ella M. Jones and her late husband Tim moved to Ferguson in search of quality educational opportunities for their daughter. She has been a resident for more than 40 years.

Jones' faith is the root of her compassion for people, a hallmark of her term as mayor of the city that helped ignite the Black Lives Matter Movement. Jones is a member of the Missouri Annual Conference in the Fifth Episcopal District. She was ordained an itinerant elder from St. Paul A.M.E. Church, “The Mother Church of African Methodism west of the Mississippi.” As an associate minister, she provided a wide range of ministries to the church. Jones served as the pastor of several congregations including Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Paynesville, Missouri; St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Charles, Missouri; and Tri Union A.M.E. Church in St. Louis, Missouri. In October 1998, Jones and her family stepped from complacency to action with a group of believers and organized Holy Trinity A.M.E. Mission. Initially located at 409 South Florissant Rd. in Ferguson, the mission then moved to another location which grew until 2002 when the church was absorbed into other congregations. Jones was a Missouri Conference Trustee for two years and served as Treasurer and 2nd Vice President for the A.M.E. Ministerial Alliance.

Jones graduated from the University of Missouri at St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry. She was certified by the American Chemical Society as a high-pressure liquid chromatographer and completed training as a pharmacy technician. Jones’ previous employers include Washington University School of Medicine, in the Biochemistry Molecular Bio-physics Department as a Peptide Specialist, and KV Pharmaceutical Company as an Analytical Chemist. Jones also served many years as a Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Ella Jones