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

The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square

Wednesday, Oct. 5  at 7 p.m.    
Pastor Anthony Maclin
Event Location:  
The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square
9033 Central Avenue
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Contact Person:  Ardenia Nash
Contact Phone:  301-333-9033

First Church of God

Thursday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m.
Bishop Timothy Clarke
Event Location:
First Church of God
3480 Refugee Road
Columbus, OH 43232
Contact Person: Pamela Clarke
Contact Phone: 614-338-8338
Pamela Clarke

Ark Church

Friday, Oct. 14 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Pastor JL Carter
Event Location:
Ark Church
1263 East North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202
Contact Person: Kellie James
Contact Phone: 410-539-3588

Destiny Christian Fellowship

Sunday, Oct. 16 at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Pastor Paul Shepherd
Event Location:
Destiny Christian Fellowship
42326 Albrae Street
Fremont, CA 94538
Contact Person: Gwen Pullian
Contact Phone: 510-782-3000

Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church

Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m.
Bishop Alfred Owens
Event Location:
Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church
610 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Contact Person: Alonzo Carr
Contact Phone: 202-529-4547

Providence St. John Baptist Church

Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Billy T Staton Jr.
Event Location:
Providence St. John Baptist Church
5607 Old Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Contact Person: Cheryl Brown
Contact Phone: 301-952-8838

Hope Christian Center

Sunday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Past Tyrone Stevenson
Event Location:
Hope Christian Center
369 New Lots Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11581
Contact Person: Ana Colon
Contact Phone: 718-257-5494

River of Life Christian Center

Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.
Pastor Marvin Jackson
Event Location:
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
Contact Person: Charmayne Dentley
Contact Phone: 407-835-8833

Lancaster Bible School

Friday, Nov. 10  at 9:10 a.m.
Dr. Peter Teague
Event Location:
901 Eden Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
Contact Person: Kara Geib
Contact Phone: 717-560-8200

Delhi City Church

Sunday, Dec. 11-Tuesday, Dec. 13 at TBD
Pastor Jossy Chacko
Event Location:
Delhi City Church
Delhi City, India
Contact Person: Susan Lee
Contact Phone: TBD