John K. Jenkins, Sr.

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John K. Jenkins, Sr.
OccupationAmerican pastor and community leader
Spouse(s)Wife, Trina
Children6 Children

Parameters'John K. Jenkins Sr.' is an American pastor and community leader. He is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Prince George's County, Maryland|Prince George’s County, Maryland, and the chairman of the board of executives of the National Association of Evangelicals.[1][2]


Since Jenkins became pastor in 1989, the First Baptist Church of Glenarden has grown from 500 members to more than 10,000.[3]  The church’s worship center has a 4,000-seat sanctuary in a 205,000-square-foot facility on 160 acres in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and its 105,000-square-foot ministry center is situated on 13 acres in Landover, Maryland; both locations have sanctuaries, office space for employees and 44 classrooms each.[3][4] The church also has a 53,000-square-foot Empowerment Center in Landover, Maryland,[4] which provides emergency resources to the community,[5] and a 63,000-square-foot Family Life Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, that provides recreational and fitness space for the community.[6] 

Jenkins and the First Baptist Church of Glenarden hosted George W. Bush|President George W. Bush for a program on Martin Luther King Jr.|Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in 2003.[7] The church also won Steve Harvey|Steve Harvey’s Hoodie Award for ‘Best Church’ every year from 2010-2013, and again in 2015 and 2016.[8][9]

On March 4, 2020, Jenkins became the chair of the National Association of Evangelicals board of directors. Previously, he served as NAE board vice chair and on the executive committee for several years.[2]  

Jenkins is chairman of the board of directors of Project Bridges[10] and the Skinner Leadership Institute.[11] He is also on the board of trustees of Denver Seminary[12] and a member of the board of directors of the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable[13] and the University of Maryland Medical System#University%20of%20Maryland%20Capital%20Region%20Health|University of Maryland Capital Region Health.[14]

Jenkins’ sermons are broadcast weekly on radio stations in the Washington metropolitan area: Saturdays on both WPRS-FM|Praise 104.1 FM[15] and WAVA-FM|WAVA 105.1.[16]

Prior to becoming the pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Jenkins served as the senior pastor of Union Bethel Church in King George, Virginia, from 1987 to 1989. [1] He was licensed to preach in 1973 at age 15.[1]

Personal Life

Jenkins and his wife, Trina, married in 1980.[17] The couple are the parents of six children and have five grandchildren.[1]

Awards and Achievements

In June 2019, Jenkins received the fourth Presidential Medal of Honor from Bethel University (Minnesota)|Bethel University. He also delivered the university’s commencement speech.[18]  Also in 2019, he was inducted into the Prince George’s County Public Schools Excellence in Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame.[19]


Pass the Word: A Mindset Transformation to Fulfillment and Spirituality, DeNita Turner (2019)

Chapters & Contributions

My Exit Plan: Getting My House In Order (foreword), Rhonda D. Green, author (2019)

Get Ready! Get Real! Get Financial Freedom!: A Simple Blueprint for Building and Sustaining Financial Freedom (foreword),  Jeffrey A. Johnson Sr. and Tim White III, authors (2020)


2006: Financial Strategies to Survive Tough Times

2006: The Ten Commandments of Marriage

2006 Two Become One

2008: Forgiveness


2018: imdbtitle:7364756|Sinners Wanted - Executive Producer[20]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Our Pastor". FBCG. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Inauguration Ceremony Marks New Chapter for NAE". National Association of Evangelicals. 2020-03-05. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Where We Worship: First Baptist Church of Glenarden,” The Washington Post, September 23, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Our History". FBCG. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  5. Hinton (ABC7), Justin (2020-07-09). "Drive-through grocery giveaway gives away free meals to over 650 Maryland families in need". WJLA. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  6. Officials Join First Baptist Church of Glenarden to Dedicate New Community Family Life Center and Solar Field,” The Prince George’s Post, July 12-July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  7. "President Bush Honors Martin Luther King, Junior in Church Service". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  8. Glenarden megachurch snags third Hoodie Award,” The Washington Post, August 15, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  9. "RECAP: Harvey's Neighborhood Awards". KTNV. 2016-07-25. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  10. "Project Bridges - Board of Directors". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  11. "About Us". Skinnerleadership. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  12. "Board of Trustees | Denver Seminary". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  13. "Board of Directors - Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable". Retrieved 2020-09-01. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)
  14. "UM Capital Region Health Board of Directors". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  15. "Show Schedules". Praise 104.1. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  16. "Welcome to WAVA 105.1 FM - Washington, DC | 105.1 FM WAVA - Washington D.C., VA". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  17. Women’s History Month: Trina Jenkins,” Praise 104 DC, Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  18. "Bethel Bestows Fourth Presidential Medal of Honor | Bethel University". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  19. "PGCPS Hall of Fame Gala - October 18, 2019". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  20. Megamind Media And Jenk Ink's Sinners Wanted Debut Release On TV One Starring Lamman Rucker, Celebrates Huge Success,” WBOC, April 13, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.

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