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Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr.

Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. has been preaching the Good News since he was licensed as a minister at 15 years old. From an early age, he developed a love for the Lord and felt a call to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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. Nearly three years of pastoring at Union Bethel proved to be the training ground for his upcoming assignment. 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.

With the support of his wife, Trina, and their loving family, Pastor Jenkins is able to expand his ministry beyond the walls of First Baptist.  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. The Skinner Institute was founded in 1992 by the late Reverend Tom and Dr. Barbara Skinner. He also serves as a board member for the Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable, National Association of Evangelicals and a local hospital. For two years, Pastor Jenkins served as vice president/executive director of National Ministries with Converge Worldwide. He was formerly on the boards of Great Dads, Teen Challenge and a local bank.

Under the leadership of Pastor Jenkins, First Baptist founded SHABACH! Ministries, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) arm of the church in 1996. Today he serves as chairman emeritus for SMI, which provides clothing, food, education and other resources to more than 11,000 people in the Washington, D.C., area.

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.” He is recognized as a catalyst to help individuals grow into lifelong Christian disciples who follow Jesus Christ. 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 added another credential to his resume when he received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Southern California School of Ministry in Inglewood, California. After becoming a licensed pilot in 2002, he takes great delight in flying.

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.


Pastor's Upcoming Itinerary

Thursday, April 9 at TBD
Friday, April 10 at TBD
Bishop Samuel Green Sr.
Event Location:
Little Rock Marriott & Statehouse Convention Center
3 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Contact Person: Bishop Samuel Green Sr.
Contact Phone: 501-375-4310

Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. 
Bishop john Borders II
Event Location:
1257 Blue Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02126
Contact Person: Tina Wright-Hicks
Contact Phone: 617-298-0278

Friday, April 17 at TBD
Pastor Gerald Pierce
Event Location:
Holy Hill Worship Center
17 W. Cochran Street
Middletown, DE 19709
Contact Person: Lisa Johnson
Contact Phone: 302-275-6418

Wednesday, April 22 at 6:45 p.m.
Pastor Henry P. Davis III
Event Location:
6801 Sheriff Road
Landover, MD 20785
Contact Person: Cheryl Logan
Contact Phone: 301-773-6655

Sunday, May 3 at 8 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. 
Bishop Alfred Owens
Event Location:
610 Rhode Island Ave.
Washington, DC 20019
Contact Person: Min. BJ Daniels
Contact Phone: 202-529-4547

Monday, September 14 at 7 p.m.
Pastor Jeffrey Smith
Event Location:
Contact Person: Tami Kyle
Contact Phone: 540-374-1588

Saturday, October 3 at 6 p.m.
Pastor Dan McClusky
Event Location:
Love Life Church
8016 West Camelback Road
Glendale, AZ 85303
Contact Person: Sasha Lucero
Contact Phone: 623-873-4998

Sunday, October 4 at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Dan McClusky
Event Location:
Love Life Church
8016 West Camelback Road
Glendale, AZ 85303
Contact Person: Sasha Lucero
Contact Phone: 623-873-4998

Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 8 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
Bishop Alfred Owens
Event Location:
Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church
610 Rhode Island Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Contact Person: Alonzo Carr
Contact Phone: 202-529-4547

October 21-22, 2016 at TBD
Dr. Dwight Perry
Event Location:
Community Church
2351 Ryf Road
Oshkosh, WI 54904
Contact Person: Dr. Dwight Perry
Contact Phone: 608-244-5000