Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. has been preaching the Good News since he was licensed as a minister at 15 years old. His pastoral journey began in February 1987 when he was called to serve as the senior pastor at Union Bethel Church in King George, Va. In October of 1988, Pastor Jenkins learned of the passing of his pastor and mentor, Dr. John W. Johnson, from his home church at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. One year after Dr. Johnson’s passing, Pastor Jenkins returned to First Baptist to become the seventh shepherd. The fruit of his biblically based teaching is evidenced in the growth of church membership from 500 to more than 10,000. Today, an average 11,000 people attend weekly Sunday services between two campuses located in Landover and Upper Marlboro, MD.
A tech-savvy minister, Pastor Jenkins embraces technology to reach souls in a global way. All four of First Baptist’s Sunday worship services, Tuesday night Bible study and church events are streamed live via the church website. Pastor Jenkins also ministers to 7,000 viewers who tune in each week online.
In addition to his role as senior pastor, he is a trustee at Bethel University and board chairman for Project Bridges and The Skinner Institute. He also serves as a board member for the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, National Association of Evangelicals and a local hospital.
He has traveled across the world preaching and teaching the masses about the love of Jesus Christ. And after pastoring at First Baptist since 1989, he remains steadfast in his quest to “develop dynamic disciples.” Pastor Jenkins believes that these individuals will impact the world on behalf of the Lord, thereby strengthening families and healing broken hearts along the way.
In 2001, Pastor Jenkins received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Southern California School of Ministry in Inglewood, California.
Even with his many obligations, Pastor Jenkins holds his role as family man as the highest treasure. He and his wife are the proud parents of six children and one granddaughter.