Dr. Jonas joined the department in 1994, teaching courses in the area of Church History. He served as department chair from 1999-2015, at which time he became Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Jonas has contributed articles to a variety of journals and periodicals. He is the author of A Critical Evaluation of Albert Henry Newman, Church Historian (1992); Nurturing the Vision, First Baptist Church, Raleigh, 1812-2012, Mercer (2012); and A Cloud of Witnesses from the Heart of the City: First Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, 1816-2016, Mercer (2016). He co-authored A Journey of Faith: Introduction to Christianity (2002) and edited The Baptist River: Essays on Many Tributaries of a Diverse Tradition (2006).
Dr. Jonas preaches regularly and has served as interim pastor of numerous churches in eastern North Carolina.