The Reverend Monte Jones, a 5th generation Texan whose great-great grandfather, Joseph Bell Chance, fought in the Battle of San Jacinto for Texan Independence. He grew up hearing tales of the “good old days” from his grandfather, who came to San Angelo in a covered wagon at the age of 9, and from his step-grandfather, who was the son of a pioneer rancher in Tom Green County. Monte’s family once owned the 96 Ranch south of Van Horn.
Monte holds a B.A. and M.A. in drama and English from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, where in 1994, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Ex-Students Association. He also has a Master of Divinity Degree from the School of Theology, University of South, Sewanee, Tennessee, and has done graduate work at The University of Texas in Austin and Hofstra University in New York City. He served churches in Colorado City, Snyder and Big Spring, Texas prior to becoming the Rector of St. John’s Church in Sonora and Vicar of Ft. McKavett.
He served in the navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet and in the army as a combat engineer and demolition specialist in the 10th Special Forces, Airborne (Green Berets). He has taught high school and college drama and English, performed in numerous school and community theatre productions, and played summer stock on Cape Cod, Mass.