Rev. Deborah D. Jenkins
Rev. Deborah D. Jenkins is 100% devoted to Jesus Christ, married to Minister Frank J. Jenkins, mother to Jason A. and Jaala A. Jenkins and is Founding Pastor of Faith @ Work Christian Church (FATWCC). She has been committed to community service all of her adult life. Beginning her career as a Child Protective Services Caseworker, at the Administration for Children Services (ACS formerly CWA), in 1989. Seeing the devastating affect the crack epidemic had on families she and three of her closest friends started the Knowledge Development Center which operated as an afterschool program specifically designed for African-American and Latino male youths to help them reach their full potential. The program lasted for 7 years. After leaving direct services work at ACS she became an Assistant Director of Budget Revenue where she was responsible for submitting $100M in monthly claim reimbursement to the State and Federal governments. Following her work in government she became a Program Manager at a Workforce Development agency charged with assisting the city’s most vulnerable citizens enter into the workforce.
Rev. Jenkins is a two-time published author, “Leading through Adversity: Lessons from the Prophets” (2004) and “Preparing the Princess to Be Queen” (2010). She is the founder of the No More Drama Women’s Conference. She’s currently an Adjunct Professor at New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) and formerly at the College of New Rochelle.
The church she co-founded with her husband, FATWCC, is celebrating 10 years of ministry in Coop City. In the church’s first year, its members canceled $100,000 in personal debt collectively. The church has a thriving Food Pantry and Faith Cafe which serves between 50-100 individuals and families monthly. The church operates a flourishing afterschool program, Leaders and Scholars Afterschool Hub (LSAH) with an active enrollment of between 25-30 students. The church will host its first summer camp this year which is designed to be both academically enriching and fun.
In response to the gun violence, in the community, she led a year-long Prayer Walk and Community Awareness Movement to stop the violence. She has partnered with the 45th Precinct to present Domestic Violence Workshops and continues in that work. She has the pleasure of serving as a Clergy Liaison for the 45th Precinct and for the Bronx Borough Patrol’s Grandmother’s LOV program. She is deeply committed to being a bridge between the NYPD and community and is currently a student in the NYPD’s Citizen’s Police Academy where she expects to graduate in June 2015.
She has three earned degrees, B.A. Psychology, M.A. Political Science and an MDiv. (Divinity) and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate at NYTS and expects to graduate May 2017.
To summarize all of the above, Rev. Deborah D. Jenkins is nothing apart from her total devotion to Jesus Christ and imitating him here on earth.