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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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Ralph West
Event Location:
572 Queenstown Blvd
Houston, TX
Contact Person: Rev. Jewel London
Contact Phone: 281-649-6800

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Byron T. Brazier
Event Location:
Apostolic Church of God
6320 S. Dorchester
Chicago, IL 60637
Contact Person: Rev. Gwendalyn Blair
Contact Phone: 773-667-1500

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Bishop Timothy Clarke
Event Location:
First Church of God
3480 Refugee Road
Columbus, OH 43232
Contact Person: Pamela Clarke
Contact Phone: 614-338-8338

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7 p.m. 
Dr. Henry Davis
Event Location:
6801 Sheriff Road
Landover, MD 20785
Contact Person: Natalie Powell
Contact Phone: 301-773-6655

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Pastor Andrew Best
Event Location:
The Hotel at Arundel Preserve
7795 Arundel Mills Blvd
Hanover, MD 21076
Contact Person: Elder Gloria Holloway
Contact Phone: 301-776-2117

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Bishop Courtney McBath
Event Location:
5755 Poplar Hall Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502
Contact Person: Kelly Woods
Contact Phone: 757-321-7720

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Peter W. Teague
Event Location:
Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church
610 Rhode Island Avenue N.E.
Washington, DC
Contact Person: Sandy Hill
Contact Phone: 717-560-8233

Friday, May 27, 2017 at 9 a.m.
Bishop Stephan Booze
Event Location:
Antonio's Banquet Conference Center
7708 Niagara Falls Blvd
Niagara Falls, NY
Contact Person: Bishop Steven Booze
Contact Phone: 716-285-3445

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Bishop David Perrin
Event Location:
8925 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
Contact Person: Lydia Mims
Contact Phone: 704-588-4300

Sunday, June 25, 2017
Pastor Darryn Scheske
Event Location:
9665 Hague Road
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Contact Person:  Lucy McDougall
Contact Phone:  317-361-2655

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at TBD
Reverend Bryan Carter
Event Location: 
6808 Pastor Bailey Drive
Dallas, Texas 75237
Contact Person: Tracie Cavitt
Contact Phone: 214-467-6767

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. and
Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m.,
11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Pastor Dale Hummel
Event Location: 
Wooddale Church - Eden Prairie Campus
6630 Shady Oak Rd.
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Contact Person: Anne Hann
Contact Phone: 952-944-6300

Monday, August 7 - Friday, August 11, 2017
Dave Burns
Event Location: 
Mt. Hermon Christian Conference Center 37 Conference Dr.
Felton CA 95018
Contact Person: Daniel Wilson
Contact Phone: 831-335-4466

Saturday, Sept 2, 2017 at TBD
Pastor Bobby Manning
Event Location:
7234 Lansdale Street
District Heights, MD 20747
Contact Person: Angel Clark
Contact Phone: 301-736-7872

Sept 6-11, 2017
Pastor Bert Pretorius
Event Location: Irene, South Africa
Contact Person: Lelani Legodi
Contact Phone: +2779 888 3849

Saturday, Sept 16, 2017
Pastor Chester Bellinger
Event Location:
Washington, DC 20018
Contact Person:  Katrina Berkeley