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Outcomes Conference 24 Highlight: Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr.

Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. Returns to the Outcomes Conference Mainstage!

Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. has been preaching the Good News since becoming licensed as a minister in 1973 at the age of 15. From an early age, he developed a love of the Lord and felt called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Today, he serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden. We welcome him back to the Outcomes Conference 2024 Mainstage with great joy. Here is an opportunity for you to get to know him better!

Call to the Church

His pastoral Journey began in February 1987 as the senior pastor at Union Bethel Church in King George, VA. His nearly three years of pastoring he provided the training ground for his upcoming assignment. In October 1988, Pastor Jenkins learned of the passing of his mentor and pastor of his home church, the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Dr. John W. Johnson.

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 demonstrated in the growth of its church membership between its two compasses located in Landover and Upper Marlboro, MD. He has also overseen the development of the Church’s thriving online campus.

Under the leadership of Pastor Jenkins, First Baptist founded SHABACK! Ministries, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 arm of the Church in 1996. Today, he serves as the chairman emeritus for SMI, which provides clothing, food, education, and other resources in the Washington, D.C., area.

In 2022, Pastor Jenkins received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Denver Seminary in Littleton, CO; in 2011, he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Southern California School of Ministry in Inglewood, California.

Pastor Jenkins has expanded his ministry beyond First Baptist with the support of his wife, Trina, and their loving family.

Call to Leadership

The call to leadership is evident throughout his Life. In addition to his senior pastor role, Pastor Jenkins serves as the board chairman for the National Association of Evangelicals, Project Bridges, and The Skinner Institute and as a board member for the Greater Prince George’s County Business Roundtable.

Pastor Jenkins was formerly on the boards of Bethel University, Denver Seminary, University of Maryland Capital Regional Health, World Vision, Great Dads, Ten Challenge, and a local bank.

Pastor Jenkins served as the vice president / executive director of National Ministries for Converge for two years. Converge – a movement of over 1,600 churches that start and strengthen churches and spread the gospel worldwide with more than 240 missionaries. He recently made history when he was appointed as president of Converge in September 2022, making him the first African American to lead the 170-year-old organization.

Grace To Grow

Pastor Jenkins recently released his book Grace to Grow: Creating a Healthy Church in Unhealthy Times (Zondervan 2023).

Most pastors pray for a healthy and vibrant church, a prosperous organization, and transformative change among their disciples. Still, many feel frustrated because they lack direction and feel like they are spinning their wheels. They struggle to correct unhealthy patterns or do not have a fresh vision for their ministry.

Grace to Grow reveals the lessons Pastor Jenkins has learned along the way. It is a guide to help pastors move their ministries from merely surviving to fully thriving despite the challenging road. He gives insight into his journey as a young pastor. He identifies biblical principles, strategies, and techniques that made a difference in the life of his church and his discipleship for almost four decades.

What People Are Saying

‘If anyone is interested in a healthy church, biblical tools on growing a church, and grace to grow, Pastor John K. Jenkins is a must-read. From learning humility to the value of vision and mission statements to establishing integrity, this book will equip, empower, and encourage every church planter, every senior or lead pastor, and anyone seeking a model on how to set up your church to grow gracefully.’

— Dr. Jasmin Sculark, lead pastor, Victory Grace Center

‘If you want to know what it takes to grow a large and healthy church, this is the book for you. Pastor John Jenkins offers seasoned, practical, biblical, and values-driven advice that will help any church leader lead better. I encourage you to let him guide you and your team into a better understanding of the nuts and bolts of a real-life ministry. Doing so will impact both individual lives and communities for God’s glory.’

— Dr. Larry Osborne, author of Lead Like a Shepherd, pastor of North Coast Church

‘In an unhealthy culture there is a desperate need for biblically centered healthy churches. My good friend John Jenkins has given us an informative practical tool in his book Grace to Grow to help churches and their leaders to build and sustain ministry that God can use to bring kingdom healing to a sick society.’

— Dr. Tony Evans, president of the Urban Alternative, senior pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. will have his book available at the Outomes Conference, and you will have an opportunity to connect with him. He will sign his books at the First Baptist Church of Genarden booth in Connection Central!

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