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

Local Church Conference 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Bishop Lyle Dukes

Event Location:
Harvest Life Church
14401 Telegraph Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Contact Person: Karen Hairston
Contact Phone: 703-490-4040

The Mantle Conference

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Bobby Manning, Pastor

Event Location:
First Baptist Church of District Heights
7234 Lansdale Street
District Heights, MD 20747
Contact Person: Angel Clark
Contact Phone: 301-736-7872

Berean Conference

Thursday, October 4, -
Friday, October 5, 2018
Bishop Timothy Clark

Event Location:
First Church of God
3480 Refugee Road
Columbus, OH 43232
Contact Person: Yolanda Lewis
Contact Phone: 614-338-8338

ReFuel 2018 Leadership Conference

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Jonathan Falwell, Pastor

Event Location:
Thomas Road Baptist Church
1 Mountainview Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Contact Person: Mr. Callie Penn
Contact Phone: 434-515-3099

Propel Conference

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 9 a.m.
Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III

Event Location:
1st Mt Olive Freewill Baptist Church
618 N. Hammonds Ferry Road
Linthicum, MD 21090

2018 Fall Institute

Wednesday, October 24 - Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 7 p.m.
Dr. Charlie E. Dates

Event Location:
Progressive Baptist Church
3658 Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60609
Contact Person: Pastor Dates
Contact Phone: 773-268-6048

Pastoral Anniversary

Friday, October 26 @ 7:30 p.m.
Billy Staton, Pastor

Event Location:
Providence St. John Baptist Church
5607 Old Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Contact Person: Cheryl Bell
Contact Phone: 301-952-8838

Pastor’s 50th Anniversary

Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 2 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Robert J. Williams, Sr.

Event Location:
La Fontaine Bleu
7963 Annapolis Road
New Carrollton, MD 20784
Contact Person: Rev. Jerome Fowler
Contact Phone: 202-271-8539

Minsters & Deacons Ordination

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 2 p.m.
Pastor Marcus Campbell

Event Location:
Abundant Life Christian Center
1000 Winston Chandhill Place
Hopewell, VA 23860
Contact Person: Charlotte Benson
Contact Phone: 804-446-3873