In I Kings 10:1-10 the Bible records the glorious story of the meeting of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.This story provided the foundation for the Ethiopian Monarchy and for the presence of Black Jews (Falashas), many of which in recent years have been returned to Israel. It is also the basis for one of the several explanations for the location of the ark of the covenant.
Alan Jones, Knoxville, TN Member Since January 2007 Artist Statement Alan M. Jones is a former Pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Clinton, Tennessee, Art Director at the Literacy Imperative Center in Knoxville, TN, and has also worked as Research Associate with the Community Partnership Center of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. Alan is also an accomplished freelance artist.
As an artist, he paints under the pseudonym “Theophilus”. His paintings reflect black heritage, social statement, and biblical themes in an effort to strengthen his community. Blacks in The Bible and Urban Inner Visions are two projects he continues to explore. He has completed Church Murals, community murals and portraits as well. He recently completed the design for the new Black Cultural Center Brick Frieze and the tile floor for the University of Tennessee.
Alan has been involved in an initiative entitled "The Clinton Desegregation Project: before Little Rock” in which he worked with Knoxville Youth and Church Members to review and commemorate through visual art, music, and narration the significant Civil Rights history regarding the desegregation of Clinton High School.
Prior to his ministry, Alan worked for approximately 20 years with Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation in a variety of positions including Administrator for Community Based Programs and Human Resources.