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Reverend Howard M. Jenkins, Jr.

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Rev. Howard M. Jenkins Jr., the son of Howard and Delores Jenkins was born on in Portsmouth, VA.  He has been married to Sis. Teresa for 33 years and is the father of two, Howard III and Morgan, an adored daughter-in-law LaTarsha and a doting grandfather of 3, Lynnea, Howard IV, Lydia.

Rev. Jenkins’ Christian upbringing began at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, VA at a very early age.  He credits his grandfather, Edward Busch Sr. for instilling in him strong Christian values as he attended Steward Board meeting with him on a regular basis as a young child.


Rev. Jenkins received his first Pastoral appointment to Bethel A.M.E. Providence on May 16, 2010, as an Ordained Local Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church by Bishop Richard F. Norris at the 159th session of the New England Annual Conference and Ordained Itinerant Elder on April 2, 2017 by Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram at the 166th Session of the New England Annual Conference.  Since Rev. Jenkins arrival at Bethel, he has actively involved himself in renewing, rebuilding and restoring the people of God.  Rev. Jenkins accepted the call to preach in 1996 and has remained faithful and steadfast.  He has served as an Associate Minister at Bethel AME Church in New Haven, CT and Emanuel AME Church in Portsmouth, VA. Prior to his calling in the ministry, he served on the Steward board, the finance committee, and as Director of Christian Education at Quinn Chapel AME Church in Flint, MI.

Rev. Jenkins earned a bachelor’s of Science Degree in Industrial Technology from Virginia State University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is currently attending Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Roxbury, MA pursuing his Masters of Divinity Degree.

Rev. Jenkins also worked for General Dynamics Electric Boat.  During his 31 years with Electric Boat he had shown great ability to accomplish a variety of tasks in widely different job assignments that included Supervisor of Submarine Construction, Design Manager, Manager of Engineering Programs and Special Projects, and Manager of Human Resources Diversity and Outreach prior to retirement.  Rev. Jenkins lives by the credence “to whom much is given, much more is required”.  

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