Jones was born at Caerwys in Flintshire. He was educated at Caerwys and Holywell, and became a Methodist preacher in 1783. At around the same time, he became acquainted with Thomas Charles of Bala, who influenced him greatly. Jones worked with Charles to devise the "Rules and Design of the … Welsh Methodists" (1801) and both edited Y Drysorfa' while the publication was still in its quarterly form. In 1795, he married Elizabeth Jones, but she died two years later. Inheriting her fortune, he remarried in 1804. His second wife also died, and he married a third time in 1806, to a Mary Lloyd. In 1811, he was ordained a Calvinistic Methodist minister. He wrote many hymns, and was highly active within his denomination.