Elder Profile

The Rev. Dr. Hensworth W. C. Jonas
presiding elder

The Rev. Dr. Hensworth W. C. Jonas is Presiding Elder of the East Caribbean Baptist Mission—Circuit of Churches in Antigua & Barbuda, serving as a fulltime pastor in the Circuit since 1985, beginning with his leadership of the Central Baptist Church.In 1991, he founded and continues to serve as Principal of the Baptist Academy of Antigua (K-12). That same year he co-founded the Caribbean Baptist Heritage Conference, a regional conference on Reformed theology for clergy and laity.

He led the planting of both the Tyrell’s Baptist Church and the Covenant Baptist Church on the island of Antigua. Dr. Jonas is the author of Dancing with Idolatry: Are you bowing to a false god? (Xulon Press, 2009). He is a magna cum laude graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University. His graduate studies were done at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Master’s International, and Pensacola Theological Seminary. In 2011, the Governor-General of Antigua & Barbuda appointed him as a Grand Cross of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage (GCH), a national honour for his service in education administration. He and his wife, Vandah, have two adult children (Joshua and Stephanie), and one teenager (Nia).