Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Reverend Dr. A. Clark Jenkins

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Reverend Dr. A. Clark Jenkins was born on March 3, 1953, in Pickens, S. C. to the late Reverend Dr. Edward Emmanuel Jenkins Sr. and the late Mrs. Margaret Miller Jenkins.

Rev. Dr. Clark was the Senior Pastor at First Broad Street UMC (Kingsport, Tenn. 2007-2010), and Superintendent, Morristown District (Morristown, Tenn., 2010-2011).

Clark graduated from Claflin University with an undergraduate degree in Religion and Philosophy. He received a Master’s of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Claflin University.

Clark’s passion for helping others spread his ministry across several states as he served in a number of ministerial positions.

Clark also served the following appointments: Wesley UMC (Aiken, S.C.); York Circuit -four churches(York, S.C., 1978-1979); Asbury Temple UMC (Durham, N.C., 1974-1978); Centenary UMC (Charleston, S.C., 1979-1982), Johns Island Parish - three churches (Johns Island, S.C., 1982-1989), Associate Council Director, South Carolina Conference (Columbia, S.C., 1989-1991), Emmanuel UMC (Sumter, S.C., 1991-1994), Mt. Zion UMC (Kingstree, S.C., 1994-1996), Superintendent, Spartanburg District (Spartanburg, S.C., 1996-2004), and Senior Pastor at St. Andrews-by-the-Sea UMC (Hilton Head, S.C. 2004-2007).

Those to cherish his memory include his wife Carolyn Pearson Jenkins of the home; his daughter Carmel Natasha Jenkins; his son Jeremy Clark Jenkins; and daughter-in-law Gina Nicole Barksdale Jenkins, all of Charlotte, N.C.; along with three granddaughters. He also leaves to mourn his brother, Edward E. Jenkins, Jr., of Greenville, S.C. and his sister Patricia Shell and her family.

Funeral services for Rev. Dr. A. Clark Jenkins of Columbia, S.C. will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the Edward L. Tullis Arena, Claflin University.

The family will receive friends 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Palmer Memorial Chapel, Columbia, S.C., and from 9 a.m. on Thursday until the time of the service at the arena in Orangeburg, S.C.

Interment will follow in the Greenlawn Memorial Park, Columbia, S.C., followed by Repast at the adjacent Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made at the university website at   or mailed to the following address: Attention: Institutional Advancement, Claflin University, 400 Magnolia Avenue, Orangeburg, S.C. 29115.