Jon Singletary

PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work
MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University
MDiv, Baptist Theological Seminary
Visiting Student Fellow, Oxford University Regent's Park College
BA, Baylor University
Full Curriculum Vita
Research Interests
  • Strengthening Congregational Community Ministries
  • Community Development
  • Advocacy and Social Justice
Selected Publications

Harris, H., Rogers, R., & Singletary, J. (2016). Competency-based education and Shared academic freedom for transformational education. European Journal of Educational Sciences, 3(3).

Murphy, L. & Singletary, J. (2014). Seeking transformation in the lives of vulnerable children through Christian camp ministry: Case study of Africa Renewal Ministries/Ggaba Community Church Camp in Uganda, Africa. The Journal of Family and Community Ministries, 28, 1-18.

Singletary, J. & Scales, T. L. (2012). Social workers and rural congregations: Strengthening the “backbone” of the rural community. In T. L. Scales, C. L. Streeter, & H. S. Cooper (Eds.), Rural social work: Building and sustaining community capacity (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.

Scales, T. L., Harris, H., Myers, D., & Singletary, J. (2012). Journeys toward integrating faith and practice: Students, practitioners, and faculty share their stories. In T. L. Scales & M. Kelly (Eds.), Christianity and social work: Readings on the integration of Christian faith and social work practice (4th ed.). New York: North American Association of Christians in Social Work.

Singletary, J., Everett, J., & Nolen, E. (2012). Influencing childhood food security through organizing as advocacy. Journal of Applied Research on Children 3(1) Article 10.

Masindano, D., Wasila, R., & Singletary, J. (2011). Home-based care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in an African context. Journal of Global Social Work Practice.

Singletary, J. (2010). Community ministry with people living in poverty. In C. Franklin & R. Fong (Eds.), The church leaders resource book for pastoral counseling (301-312). New York: Oxford.

Singletary, J. (2009). The emergent journey of church-based program planning. Social Work and Christianity 36(2), 127-142.

Singletary, J. (2008). A proposal for a multiparadigmatic approach to Judeo-Christian religion in social work education. Advances in Social Work 9(2), 63-78.

Dr. Jon E. Singletary was named dean of the Garland School in 2015. He previously served as Associate Dean for both undergraduate and graduate studies since 2010. He joined the faculty in 2003 after completing his Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University. On the faculty, Singletary taught and developed courses in community practice and social justice. Singletary served as director of the Center for Family and Community Ministries, which launched the Texas Hunger Initiative and the Strengthening Congregational Community Ministries Project. He also served as co-director of the Faith and Service Technical Education Network ( Before coming to Baylor, Dr. Singletary was pastor of Richmond Mennonite Fellowship in Virginia. While serving as pastor, he worked with his congregation to organize a coalition to support nonviolent initiatives in the local community. Before serving as pastor, he worked as a community organizer for an agency providing healthcare to people who were homeless and for a Catholic community settlement house. He has earned an M.Div. from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and an M.S.W. from VCU. Singletary is married to Wendi Elysse (Washington) Singletary and the couple has three sons, Haden (2000), Harper (2002), Abbott (2006), and a daughter Ainsley (2006).