Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, located in West Oakland at 1188 12th St., will welcome their new pastor Rev. Anthony Jenkins, Sr. during their worship service on Sunday, July 5 at 10 a.m. The church hopes to have a celebration of spiritual inspiration, personal affirmation and community transformation.
Pastor Jenkins, a native of Oakland, was baptized at Taylor Memorial where he attended Sunday School and church services as a child. He graduated from Skyline High School.
A dynamic and energetic preacher, Pastor Jenkins counsels residents at Bay Area halfway houses, and is a certified Chaplain at the Contra Costa County jail in Richmond.
He was called into ministry in 1998 and graduated in 2002 from Trinity College and Seminary in Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in Theology. In 2009, Pastor Jenkins graduated from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, earning a Master of Divinity Degree.
In 2003, Pastor Anthony (as he likes to be called) assisted Rev. Ron Swisher, then pastor at Taylor Memorial. In 2006, Bishop Warner Brown of the California Nevada Annual Conference appointed him to Calvary United Methodist Church in San Francisco, where he initiated community-based outreach programs.
Pastor Jenkins was then appointed to the First United Methodist Church in Tracy in 2010, where he led the annual free pre-Thanksgiving dinner and the Keeping Warm program, distributing blankets and sleeping bags to those in need.
He has served since 2013 at Temple United Methodist Church in San Francisco where he has been instrumental in many community-based ministries: a food pantry; The Edge Campus Ministry at San Francisco State University; and Tutorial Ministry, an after school program for elementary students in grades 1-5 from the Oceanview, Merced Heights and Ingleside neighborhoods.
Another outreach ministry at Temple UMC is the Bay Area Immigration Task Force (BAIT), a Justice for Our Neighbors service program that provides affordable, high quality legal services, education and advocacy to immigrants.
Pastor Jenkins enjoys fishing, restoring classic cars and taking leisurely rides on his motorcycle. He is married to Valerie Lipscomb Jenkins and together they have a blended family and grandchildren.
For more information, call Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church at (510) 444-6162.