is the third of four children born to Mary Stone Cross and the late Cecil Cross, Sr. born and educated in Chatham County, North Carolina where she was in the first graduating class of Northwood High School in Pittsboro, North Carolina. She continued her education at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, NC, Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC, and the Bishop’s School of Ministry in Gastonia, NC. She has also attended The Raleigh Institute of Biblical Studies in Raleigh, NC. She obtained her Associates, Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Justice Fellowship International Bible College in Raleigh, NC. On May 21, 2010 she was conferred her Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Justice Fellowship Bible College in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
In May of 2016 she was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Divinity from the Apex School of Theology in Durham, North Carolina.
Rev. Jones was ordained a Local Deacon in 1991, a Traveling Elder in 1992, and admitted into Full Connection in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 1995.