Anthony "Tony" Jones
My name is Tony Jones! Humility and grace from God, I am the Founder & Executive Director of Men with Divine Purpose, Inc. (MWDP) mentoring
program. I pride myself in equipping, educating, empowering and
expanding opportunities for boys from single-parent homes. MWDP has turned
into a city wide movement to reach several young men since its 2006.
My humble beginnings happened unintentionally as a result of
being raised in “South Park, Houston,” by a single mother who battled drug
addiction. Her dependence to drugs started when I was seven
and by the age of ten, my mother’s drug addiction left us homeless, without an
apartment and living in a shelter. My
siblings and I lived in the Star of Hope homeless shelter for more than two
years. While tragic, my childhood
circumstances did not define me. I was determined
not to let my current situation be an excuse for settling for mediocrity. Instead, it did the opposite. I used my unfortunate conditions as motivation.
That motivation would propel me to future greatness.
I will forever be grateful for my experience at The Star of
Hope. It taught me to prioritize and the
value of serving those less fortunate. My
adverse upbringing coupled with God's grace is what gave birth to Men with
Divine Purpose. I firmly believe that God allowed me to experience difficulty
as a youth to develop in me a heart for serving others. Young men from single
parent homes are both my passion and purpose in life. I wake up daily with an unwavering drive to
support male youth in the community with similar personal, emotional, and
social issues as the ones I experienced.
I obtain an Master's degree in Human Services, Specialization in Marriage and Family and a Bachelor of Science, in Biblical Counseling. My life can best be described by one of my favorite bible
verses. Philippians 1:12, written by the
Apostle Paul while in prison states, "my circumstances have turned out for
the greater progress of the gospel." I believe that God has allowed me to
go through for the purpose of bringing Him glory through serving His children.