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, August 18, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Clayton Lewis

Event Location:
Southwestern Elementary School Auditorium
4410 Airline Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23321
Contact Person: Sharon Lewis
Contact Phone: 410-707-1695 or 443-475-4879

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Ruby Holmes

Event Location:
First United Christian Church
3218 Hwy 341 South
Hawkinsville, GA 31036
Contact Person: Ruby Holmes
Contact Phone: 478-987-7609

Saturday, September 15, 2018 @ 7 p.m.
Pastor Jeffrey Smith

Event Location:
Strong Tower
234 Ferry Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Contact Person: Heather Posthumus
Contact Phone: 540-374-1588

Wednesday, September 19 - Thursday, September 20, 2018
Reverend Monte E. Norwood

Event Location:
Bible Way Ministries, International
894 Constitution Road, S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
Contact Person: Tonetta Collins
Contact Phone: 404-627-6800

Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 7 p.m.
Vincent Bell, Pastor

Event Location:
The Edge Church
7780 Shomberg Road
Columbus, GA 31909
Contact Person: Pastor Bell
Contact Phone:

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

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 7 p.m.
Eugene Reeves, Pastor

Event Location:
New Life Anointed Ministries
12680 Darby Brook Court
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Contact Person: Pastor Reeves
Contact Phone: 703-490-7155

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

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

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