GRAMMY® Award Winning Pastor Charles Jenkins
GRAMMY® Award Winning Songwriter and Five-time Stellar Award Winner, Pastor Charles Jenkins is our spotlight feature this month. Jenkins is known for his smash hit, “Awesome”, a single that catapulted the Pastor and songwriter to the top of the Billboard charts. Hot on the heels of the popular praise tune, Jenkins delivers a brand new song, “I Will Live”, from the latest CD, The Best Of Both Worlds. Already exploding at radio and soaring up the BDS Charts, “I Will Live”, is an anthem of declaration. The song was penned by Carlton Jenkins, brother of Pastor Charles Jenkins. Pastor Jenkins wants the song to become an anthem for youth rebelling against senseless street violence. He will also be touring to support the new record.
Pastor Charles Jenkins is a dynamic, inspirational and visionary religious and community leader who is greatly respected for his innovative and holistic approach to church growth, business development, neighborhood improvement, and large-scale community development and social change. He is widely known as the senior pastor of the legendary Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, where, under his leadership, the membership has grown to 8,000 members. The author of the leadership book, Thriving In Change, he is also a sought-after adviser to governmental and political leaders, high-profile personalities, business groups, and advocacy organizations.
Jenkins’ new CD project with Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church—Pastor Charles Jenkins Presents Fellowship Chicago Live: The Best of Both Worlds – released online and in stores in June 2012. With the production and release of The Best of Both Worlds, Jenkins continues a long musical tradition at Fellowship, which released 25 albums under the leadership of Jenkins’ predecessor, Reverend Clay Evans.
He attended Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education. It was during that time that he became known to the leaders of the church he would eventually pastor. He later earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Jenkins is married to Dr. Tara Rawls-Jenkins and has two daughters, Princess and Paris, and one son, Charles Jenkins, III.
Since taking the helm at Fellowship as senior pastor almost twelve years ago, at age 24, succeeding Reverend Clay Evans, Jenkins has more than quadrupled weekend attendance at services, and created a variety of life changing programs and services for children, youth, and adults within the church and in the community. Under his leadership, Fellowship has provided food, clothing, personal care items, and critical assistance to tens of thousands of people in need through several of Fellowship’s outreach programs. Jenkins also created the Fellowship Educational and Economic Development Corporation to further focus on community improvement and empowerment. His belief that a community’s strength and future is dependent on the well being of its youth moved him to establish Maximum Exposure, a youth development entity designed to elevate the thinking, understanding, and behavior of urban youth. Jenkins also founded Gladiators, a mentoring group that focuses on the growth and progress of young African American boys.
He is currently spearheading The Legacy Project, a transformative enterprise with the goal of changing the landscape of urban Chicago while producing cultural amenities, vocational opportunities, an educational hub, and a worship facility. The campus will include, among other things, a school, a health center and eateries, and will create 400 new jobs in the community. Fellowship broke ground on the campus in January 2013.
Jenkins serves on a number of corporate, educational, and governmental boards, including the Board of Trustees for The City Colleges of Chicago, Clear Channel Chicago Advisory Board, Illinois Attorney General Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of New Schools for Chicago. Most recently, in 2011, he filled a key role on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Transition Team. He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including: being named one of Outreach Magazine’s 30 Emerging Influencers Reshaping Leadership (2011) and appeared on the cover of the magazine in 2012; being selected by Gospel Today magazine as one of seven of America’s Dynamic Trendsetters (2010); being recognized in Black Enterprise magazine’s and Urban Business Roundtable’s Top 40 Game Changers Under 40 (2010); and being inducted into the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers and Scholars of Morehouse College (2009). Jenkins has also been a featured speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast Week International Business Dinner at the White House.
The Best of Both Worlds has been a breakout project for the pastor. The lead single, “Awesome”, has catapulted the popular minister and Fellowship Chicago to the heights of Gospel music. The project and the single were nominated for a staggering eight 2013 Stellar Awards, the highest accolade given in the genre. On Stellar Award night, Jenkins walked away with five Stellar Awards: Song of the Year (for “Awesome”), CD of the Year (for The Best of Both Worlds), Choir of the Year, Traditional Choir of the Year and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year (for The Best of Both Worlds).
Jenkins is currently working on the next release, Any Given Sunday. Click on the following links to learn more.
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