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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

Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m.
Pastor Bert Pretorius
Event Location:
38238 Old Stage Road
Delmar, DE 19940
Contact Person: Lelani Legodi
Contact Phone: +2779 888 3849

Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m.
Elder Thomas Davis
Event Location:
Forest Park Community Church
3805 Fairview Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216
Contact Person: Joyce Traynham
Contact Phone: 410-542-7669

Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
Pastor Antione Hutchins
Event Location:
Christian Unity Baptist Church
11822 Park Waldorf Lane, Suite 518
Waldorf, MD 20601
Contact Person: Brenda Nussberger
Contact Phone: 301-638-3866

Saturday, March 19 at 5 p.m.
Pastor Kent Johnson
Event Location:
New Season Ministry
5711 Shull Road
Huber Heights, Ohio 45424
Contact Person: Pastor Kent Johnson
Contact Phone: 937-236-4925

Saturday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 at 9 a.m.,
10:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Pastor Lon Solomon
Event Location:
McLean Bible Church
8925 Leesburg Pike
Leesburg, VA 22182
Contact Person: Cheryl Rice
Contact Phone: 703-639-2000

Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Lon Solomon
Event Location:
McLean Bible Church
1611 N Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209
Contact Person: Cheryl Rice
Contact Phone: 703-639-2000

Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m.
Pastor Gerald Pierce
Event Location:
17 W Cochran Street
Middletown, DE 19709
Contact Person: Lisa Johnson
Contact Phone: 302-275-6418

Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m.
Pastor Gerald Pierce
Event Location:
17 W Cochran Street
Middletown, DE  19709
Contact Person: Lisa Johnson
Contact Phone: 302-275-6418

Wednesday, April 27 at 9 a.m.
Pastor Ralph West
Event Location:
Church Without Walls
5725 Queenston Blvd.
Houston, TX 77084
Contact Person: Jewel Loudon
Contact Phone: 281-649-6800

Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Byron T. Brazier
Event Location:
Apostolic Church of God
6320 S. Dorchester St
Chicago, IL 60637
Contact Person: Rev. Gwendolyn Blair
Contact Phone: 773-256-4119

Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Bishop Larry Palmer
Event Location:
Israel Total Life Ministries
64 Industrial Park Drive
Waldorf, MD 20602
Contact Person: Michael Wilson
Contact Phone: 301-861-3927

Sunday, May 1 at 8 a.m. and 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

Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Kevin Hart
Event Location:
Christian Tabernacle Church of God
2011 11th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.
Contact Person: Darius Troxler
Contact Phone: 202-265-8111

Saturday, June 25 at 5 p.m. and Sunday,
June 26 at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Pastor Darryn Scheske
Event Location:
Heartland Church
9665 Hague Road
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Contact Person: Lucy McDougall
Contact Phone: 317-842-5500

Tuesday,  June 28 at 7 p.m.
Bishop David Copeland
Event Location:
New Creations Christian Fellowship
8700 Fourwinds Drive
Windcrest, TX 78239
Contact Person: Terry Moss
Contact Phone: 210-646-7997

Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Richard Brown
Event Location:
Kingsway Community Life Centre
186 Spadina Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3B2
Contact Person: Melissa Lewis
Contact Phone: 416-510-0700