CHARLES JENKINS AND FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO

Faith Leader, Social Engineer, Entrepreneur, Idea Maker, Artist, and Communicator, are just some of the words that describe Charles Jenkins who is a leader widely respected and revered for his innovative thinking, contemporary leadership, business savvy and holistic approach to social change and large-scale community development.

 

Faith Leader, Social Engineer, Entrepreneur, Idea Maker, Artist, and Communicator, are just some of the words that describe Charles Jenkins who is a leader widely respected and revered for his innovative thinking, contemporary leadership, business savvy and holistic approach to social change and large-scale community development.

While Jenkins is widely known as the senior pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, a rapidly growing multi-location congregation of over 8,000 members in the Chicagoland area, he is also a visionary, trailblazer, connector, community leader, advisor, GRAMMY® award-winning songwriter, author and dynamic communicator.

Since taking the helm at Fellowship as senior pastor ten years ago, succeeding the church’s founder, Reverend Clay Evans, Jenkins has more than quadrupled weekend attendance and created a variety of life-changing programs and services for children, youth and adults.  Under his leadership, Fellowship has profoundly and positively impacted the city by providing 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.

Additionally, Jenkins’ belief that a community’s strength and future is dependent on the wellbeing of its youth moved him to establish Maximum Exposure, a youth development entity designed to elevate the thinking, understanding and behavior of urban youth.  He is also the founder Gladiators, a mentoring group that focuses on the growth and progress of young African-American boys.

He is currently spearheading an expansion effort known as The Legacy Project. This is a consequential and transformative enterprise with the goal of changing the landscape of urban Chicago while producing cultural amenities, vocational opportunities, an educational hub, and becoming a life-changing focal point to guarantee an incredible experience for all Chicagoans.

Jenkins, in his capacity as entrepreneur and community leader, founded Relevant Forums (which provides sought after resources and creates powerful connections for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations). In this role, he is celebrated for his stellar commitment to a diverse range of entrepreneurs, and his ability to add value to companies and organizations.  Relevant Forums also creates innovative settings and discussions that foster meaningful dialogue for holistic cultural good with the ultimate goal of creating positive shifts in mainstream culture.

Jenkins is also President and CEO of GoodCity NFP, a business incubator for social entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. GoodCity’s mission is to identify and support high-potential community-based entrepreneurs who are seeking to solve social ills and systemic problems within under-resourced communities.  GoodCity specializes in capacity building for non-profits providing education, in-depth training, mentoring, and milestone-based funding.

Jenkins’ leadership further extends to the public sector where he serves on a number of corporate, educational, and governmental boards.  Most recently, he filled a key role on newly-elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Transition Team. In addition to that, he serves on the Board of Trustees for The City Colleges of Chicago, Clear Channel Chicago Advisory Board, Illinois Attorney General Advisory Board and the Daystar School Board of Directors.

Jenkins is author of the inspiring and informative leadership book, Thriving in Change10 principles to help leaders navigate through the opportunities they face. Additionally, not only is Jenkins a respected songwriter, but he is also a music-recording artist with a new album slated for release in the summer of 2012.

Numerous honors and awards include:

  • 2011 – Speaker, International Business Dinner, National Prayer Breakfast Week at The White House
  • 2010 – Named by Gospel Today Magazine as one of seven of America’sDynamic Trendsetters
  • 2010 – Named by Black Enterprise Magazine and Urban Business Roundtable’s Top 40 Game Changers Under 40
  • 2009 – Inductee into the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers and Scholars of Morehouse College
  • 2008 – Gift of Hope Honoree – Lifesaving Partner Award for outstanding achievement for organ and tissue donation
  • 2006 – Grammy Award with Israel Houghton and New Breed Live – South Africa

Charles Jenkins is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education and a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he earned his Master of Arts in Religion. Charles Jenkins is married to Dr. Tara Rawls-Jenkins and has two daughters, Princess and Paris, and one son, Charles Jenkins III.

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