Meet the Pastor
The Reverend Dr. Winterbourne Harrison-Jones
Churchman • Humanitarian • Philanthropist
Dr. Winterbourne LaPucelle Harrison-Jones, is a scholar, author, ecclesial leader, philanthropist, and distinguished Churchman in the lineage of Dr. William Augustus Jones, Dr. James Forbes, Dr. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson and Dr. Howard Thurman.
A fifth-generation minister, Dr. Harrison-Jones is widely sought after as a preacher, workshop facilitator, and philanthropic consultant. Reverend Harrison-Jones is a proud graduate of the historic Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. While at Fisk University, Dr. Harrison-Jones had the distinct opportunity of having been mentored by Fisk University President and former United States Secretary of Energy, The Honorable Hazel R. O’Leary and Dean of the historic Fisk Memorial Chapel, the Reverend Dr. Jason Richard Curry, PhD.
In addition to Fisk University and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Harrison-Jones holds degrees and professional certifications from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin Germany, and the Estudio Sampere Spanish Language School in Salamanca Spain. Reverend Harrison-Jones simultaneously matriculated in two national doctoral programs, earning the Doctor of Ministry from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and is currently pursuing the PhD in Urban Education from Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI).
As a scholar, Dr. Harrison-Jones investigates how theological and homiletic resources within Christian traditions are valuable for interpreting and responding to such pressing public issues as economic deprivation, religious bigotry, racism, class inequity, and structural inequality.
As a bi vocational leader, Dr. Harrison -Jones is a highly creative and results-driven ecclesial leader and non-profit management professional with entrepreneurial passion and unparalleled vision. With over 10 years of experience in pastoral leadership, faith-based community development, fundraising, educational resource design, and proven leadership in civic and community engagement, Dr. Harrison-Jones has a proven ability to effectively build coalitions across both racial and organizational barriers while exceling at analyzing systems and procedures in order to improve efficiency and program quality.
As a Renaissance man, Dr. Harrison-Jones is an avid art collector and curator in the tradition of Dr. Albert Barnes, Alfred Stieglitz, and Dr. David Driskell. He has amassed a private collection of over 500 original pieces including canvases, sculptures, books, textiles, historic objects, and photographs that portray various themes of Black liberation and the intersection of faith and resistance.
Dr. Harrison-Jones is married to Dr. Jillian Ardelia Harrison-Jones, who serves as the Richard Wesp Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir and the Music Director of MUSE, the Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir. Together, the lend their agent and philanthropic support to countless religion and national arts and cultural organizations with a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and justice.
His credo is shaped by words of noted scholar, theologian and 1926 graduate of Rochester Theological Seminary, now Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Dr. Howard Thurman; “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive!” Dr. Harrison-Jones is the Senior Pastor of the historic Witherspoon Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Pastor’s Corner: Musings and Manna
Access weekly sermons and recorded meditations by Dr. Harrison-Jones here for your listening pleasure and spiritual inspiration. Find a quite corner at home or even listen while you’re on the go! We promise that you’ll find something here that will both challenge you and inspire your heart.