Indy community paying respects after local pastor, radio host passes away


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis community is beginning to pay its respects to the family and friends of local Pastor Michael Jones who passed away Tuesday.

Along with leading the Progressive Baptsist Church on the city’s northwest side, Jones was also a popular host of a daily talk show on AM 1310.

The Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis issued the following statement:

“The Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis Inc. extends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Rev. Michael K. Jones, Senior Pastor of the Progressive Baptist Church and host of Communication Connection on AM1310. Psalms 30:5b records, ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.’   A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us they live on.

“Pastor Jones was a very gifted and talented man who never met a stranger.  He was able to converse with anybody because he was knowledgeable in numerous subjects.  His talent allowed him to comfort people with his music but also hold others accountable by articulating a strong argument for social justice issues.  Pastor Jones loved his family and his community. The paths he blazed in the church as well as his contributions to the community will remain unmatched and forever appreciated.

“Our thoughts and prayers will continually be with the entire Jones’ family.”

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett sent out this statement, praising the pastor for his dedication to the community:

“I am shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of my dear friend, Pastor Michael Jones. Like so many in this community, I first knew the Jones family through the work of Sam Jones, a civil rights activist and long-time President of the Indianapolis Urban League.

“Over the years, I had the honor of getting to know Pastor Jones as well, and was continually reminded of his dedication to our community through his work at Progressive Baptist Church and recently, as host of Community Conversations on AM 1310.

“In this difficult time, Steph and I have Prethenia, Sam Jr., Marya, and the entire Jones family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Indiana Governor Mike Pence took to twitter to send his thoughts and prayers:

AM 1310 took to Facebook to send their condolences:

FOX 59’s Fanchon Stinger posted a video with Pastor Jones four months ago to encourage support for the families of unsolved murder victims.

“I am absolutely heartbroken over the sudden passing of Pastor Mike Jones. His heart and passion for this community was contagious!” said Fanchon in a Facebook post.

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