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Pastor Charles Jenkins Set to Retire from

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Names Reginald Sharpe Jr as Successor photo from (l to r )–Pastor Charles Jenkins (L) and Reginald Sharp Jr (R).


Charles Jenkins, Senior Pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2019. Pastor Jenkins joined the pastoral staff of his mentor, Rev. Dr. Clay Evans, founder of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, nearly 21 years ago in 1998. Then in 2000, he officially succeeded Dr. Evans as Senior Pastor and has since then led the congregation to much growth in all areas.


Pastor Jenkins says… “It has been the joy of my life, and the honor of a lifetime, to serve at Fellowship in the greatest city in the world, for almost half of my life,” said Jenkins, Senior Pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. “I’m leaving the lead role, but I’m never leaving Reverend Evans, my spiritual family, or Chicago. I owe so many people so much. I am emotionally all over the place, but I believe it’s God’s Plan. Additionally, I am excited about Fellowship’s future with my successor Reverend Reginald Sharpe Jr.!”


Jenkins assumed senior leadership of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church after its original founder, Rev. Dr. Clay Evans Retired in 2000. Evans founded the ministry in 1950 and laid the tracks for a rich legacy, having personally launched the ministerial careers of over 100 people.


Rev Evans says… “I love him! I love him! He is my pastor, my son, and my friend,” said Evans. “He has done a marvelous job, a Herculean job, an excellent job. He has made me very proud. He has been good to me and Fellowship. It was the Lord’s doing, and the young man following Reverend Jenkins will do well. I was 25 when I started Fellowship. Reverend Jenkins was about 25. Sharpe is about 27, and that’s a good age, a good age. God is in the plan.”


As for what’s next for Jenkins, he says I have no idea.


Jenkins is currently working on a new album with Stephanie Mills and Teddy Riley that will be out later this year. His successor, Rev. Reginald Sharpe, will join the church staff this month and train with Jenkins.