Ricky was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, and has served in pastoral ministry since 1998. He trusted Jesus Christ during his high school years before earning a degree in Political Science at Mississippi College where he was awarded a slot in the MC Hall of Fame. Ricky credits his college years as life changing times in which he accepted the call to pastoral ministry and began discipling fellow students.
After college, Ricky continued to work in ministry with a myriad of churches and community organizations. He’s enjoyed traveling the country preaching God’s word.
In 2001, he moved to Oakland, California, to serve as senior pastor of Emmanuel Church. While serving there Ricky led the church to embrace a new paradigm of community involvement as the church became a hub in its East Oakland neighborhood for outreach to the local community. Passionate about matters of justice he began working for a social justice ministry that organized clergy to amplify the issues of the working poor. As a community organizer, he partnered with hundreds of Bay Area clergy ministering to impoverished working families, designing economic justice campaigns, and led marches, rallies, vigils, and prayer services on behalf of the disenfranchised poor.
After his years in Oakland, Ricky moved here to Memphis, TN, to serve as a Campus Pastor for Fellowship Memphis Church. Ricky served at Fellowship, originally, from 2008 to 2013. Memphis is where Ricky met, pursued, and married his lovely wife, April!
In 2013, Ricky and April moved to Chicago to pursue a Ph.D. in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Ricky’s research interests revolve around pastoral leadership—particularly with respect to racial reconciliation, issues of justice, and the Civil Rights movement. The Jenkins’ moved back to Memphis in 2015. Ricky serves our body as a Teaching Pastor/ Scholar-in-Residence. Along with raising their sons Camden & Grand, the Jenkins’ love pouring into the people they’re discipling, hosting friends new to their church community, and getting out of the country to serve the nations as often as the Lord allows.