BPC to present honorary degree to Baptist Village president

J. Olan Jones, the CEO and president of Baptist Village Retirement Communities, returns to Brewton-Parker College on Saturday, May 10, to receive an honorary doctorate degree to complement the associate degree he received from Brewton-Parker in 1953.

The doctor of humane letters degree will be awarded to Jones during Brewton-Parker's commencement exercises in the Student Activities Center. The ceremony, which includes the presentation of 229 degrees, begins at 10 a.m.

Jones has served in his current capacity at Baptist Village, Inc., in Waycross since 1992. Before then, he was the administrator of Baptist Village for 12 years.

Under his leadership, Baptist Village has progressed in physical growth and quality of service rendered. During the last decade, as the result of growth and progress at the Waycross village, along with the development of extended care centers in other locations, the facilities and ministries of Baptist Village almost doubled.

The J. Olan Jones Healthcare Center at Baptist Village was named in his honor in 2002, and earlier this year he was the co-recipient of the Adkins-Kerr Award, which is presented by the Association of Baptist Ministers of the Aging to an individual who has made a significant contribution to senior adult ministries.

Jones served as president of the Georgia Nursing Home Association from 1983-94 and from 1990-92. He also has served on the State of Georgia Licensing Board for Nursing Home Administrators, on various committees of the GNHA, and as a member of the Association of Baptist Ministries for the Aging.

From 1968-80, Jones was assistant administrator of Baptist Village. His career in vocational healthcare began as administrator of the Barrett Convalescent Home in Commerce.

Jones pastored churches between 1954-68 in Pineora, Eden, Watkinsville and Ila, along with churches in Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jones was born in Bryan County and educated in Chatham and Effingham counties.

From Brewton-Parker, Jones attended Mercer University and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1955. He then earned a bachelor of divinity degree in 1960 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Jones also is a member and active leader in the First Baptist Church in Waycross, member of the Waycross Exchange Club and an active member in the Okefenokee Golf and Country Club.

He is married to the former Ann Perry of Savannah. The couple have six grown sons, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.