Christopher Jones grew up in Plano, Texas. He received his B.A. (2007) and M.A. (2009), both in history, from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, before entering William and Mary's PhD program in early American history. His master's thesis examined the influence of Methodism on early Mormonism. Currently ABD, Christopher's research focuses on religion in the early American republic and the Atlantic World. His dissertation, "Religion and Revolution in the Atlantic World: Methodism in North America and the Caribbean" (working title), examines the growth and development of Methodism in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean from 1760 to 1815 as part of an effort to better understand the appeal and influence of evangelical religion throughout the Atlantic World. He currently serves on the board of the Mormon History Association and his research has been published in the Journal of Mormon History and Mormon Historical Studies.