Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr.’s life calling is to see the lost come to Christ and disciples becoming spiritually mature. Since his installation as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden in 1989, the church membership has grown from 500 to more than 10,000 members. With campuses in Landover and Upper Marlboro, Md., and a staff of 300 full- and part-time employees, FBCG is widely recognized as a community pillar with 100+ ministries meeting diverse needs throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, nationally and abroad.
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.
Pastor Jenkins serves on the board for numerous organizations, including Bethel University, Project Bridges, The Skinner Leadership Institute, Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, the National Association of Evangelicals and a local hospital. In addition, Pastor Jenkins serves as chairman emeritus of SHABACH! Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that he founded in 1996 to provide food, clothing, educational and employment opportunities in the Maryland area. He also served for two years as vice president/executive director of National Ministries with Converge Worldwide.
In 2001, Pastor Jenkins received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Southern California School of Ministry in Inglewood, Calif. He and his wife, Trina, are the proud parents of six children and three grandchildren.