Bishop Joseph Carlton Jenkins

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“I send my love and support to the jenkins family i admired and looked up to bishop jenkins an mentor and admire his patiencents and respect he had...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: reverend phillip a crabtree - CA

“Joan & Family:Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.Psalms 116:15Thinking of you at this time as you CELEBRATE a life well...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Stanley & Yolanda Brown Burds - LA

“I will forever cherish the many memories I have of my Pastor. I have no doubt that he knew I loved him very much. Time nor distance can change that....Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Jerusha Onic - CA

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A humble servant born September 15, 1917 in Powhatan, Louisiana, Bishop Joseph Carlton Jenkins was the only beloved son of his parents, who preceded him in death, Albert and Alberta Dearborn Jenkins- the eldest and only brother of Bernice Jenkins-Jackson. He received his formative education through the Winn Parrish School system, graduating from high school in 1935. In 1939, he was united marriage to the late Missionary Zelma Hamilton Jenkins. This union lasted until her death 57 years. They had one adopted daughter, Nakia (Tootie) Jenkins.

In 1942 Bishop accepted the doctrine of the COGIC and was baptized by the late Pastor R.A. Hill. In 1943, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as Supply Sergeant in the Quartermaster Corps. After an honorable discharge in 1947, he returned to California and joined the McGlothen Temple COGIC, in Richmond, CA. There he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost under the leadership of the late Bishop G. W. McGlothen. He also served as Choir President and Director. In 1947, he was called to the Ministry and in 1949, he was ordained by Bishop McGlothen. In that same year, he was appointed as Assistant Pastor to Bishop McGlothen, a position he held until he was appointed to the Greater St. Beulah COGIC in San Francisco, CA in 1956. His love of the Word of God and desire to reach as many souls for Christ propelled him to host a Sunday Night Radio Broadcast for nine years, where he famously coined the phrase "The Lord is blessing me right now". He served ten years as State Secretary under the late Bishop E. B. Stewart. After the passing of Bishop E. B. Stewart, Bishop Jenkins served as First Administrative Assistant to Bishop B.R. Stewart for a period of fifteen years. When California Northeast Jurisdiction was formulated, he served as First Administrative Assistant to the late Bishop Johnson. After the passing of Bishop Johnson, Bishop Jenkins who had faithfully served without wavering was appointed to the sacred office of Jurisdictional Bishop by the Presiding Bishop, Gilbert Earl Patterson; and what a glorious day that was. Bishop Jenkins continued his pastoral duties including pastoring the Greater Mingleton Temple COGIC until his health began to decline.

Bishop or "Dad" as he was affectionately called by so many, was truly a scholar and teacher of the gospel. His personal home library contained over 200 books, including 30 English editions of the bible and countless numbers of bible study aids he used throughout the years to help equip him in teaching the word of God accurately to his parishioners. His desire to be equipped, propelled him to attend the C. H. Mason Bible College where he received his Bachelors of Theology Degree. He also became a teacher at the school for three years. His love for God and understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ gave this beautiful man compassion and patience for hurting people. He demonstrated this compassion many ways, feeding the hungry, giving shelter to the homeless, being a father to the
fatherless and selflessly giving financial support to his fellow brethren in need. Because of Dad's love for Christ and financial assistance, many churched in the Bay Area of California are able to still exist and serve God's people as well. His commitment to serving has not gone unnoticed through the years. In 1972, he received the Man of the Year Award for the Religious Workers Guild. In 2001, he was presented with an award from the City and County of San Francisco recognizing his forty-five years of excellence in serving the members of the community. The city of Richmond named a street in his honor in Parchester Village. There are countless others awards and accolades Bishop received over the years, but his most revered award was given to him by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when he was called home to receive his eternal reward in glory on July 18th in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen. We can all imagine him saying
"The Lord is blessing me right now".

He was blessed to have enjoyed a blissful marriage to Mother Joan Theresa Brown Jenkins for 17 years. Their union brought together two different worlds. His, a life or service, dedication and commitment to his church and faith in God. Hers, a life of service, dedication and commitment to her family and faith in God. His love for his wife, Mother Jenkins was demonstrated through kindness and gentleness.

"Dad" as he was affectionately called by many had a special gift from God and an anointing that touched everyone he met. Many lives were changed through his gentle and reassuring approach. God worked many signs and wonders through Bishop Jenkins ministry. God gave him the gifts of faith and healing, and many people were healed through his ministry. In one Sunday service a woman came to the church who had asthma so bad that she was losing weight. Pastor Jenkins prayed for her and told her she would gain seven pounds by the next Sunday. She came back the next Sunday and had gained, yes, seven pounds. On another occasion "Bishop" prayed for a lady with Parkinson's disease and she was healed immediately. God unstopped deaf ears and cast out devils through his ministry. Page after page can be written about Pastor Jenkins but something would still be forgotten. But God has recorded and remembered all of the sacrifices made and the work that has been done by his humble servant Joseph Carlton Jenkins.

The Lord blessed Bishop Jenkins to live 96 years on this earth and he loved serving God and his people. He was kind, humble and soft spoken servant of the Lord and dedicated his life's purpose to helping others. Although we will miss Dad and his beautiful smile and peaceful demeanor, we rejoice today in knowing that he has gone on to receive his reward.

He leaves to cherish his legacy; His wife, Joan Theresa Brown Jenkins of Hercules, CA His