Rev. Lisa Jenkins is the tenth Pastor and first female to lead the St. Matthew's Baptist Church located in Harlem, New York. In the short time since she assumed the pastorate in July 2013, Rev. Jenkins has implemented an AIDS/HIV program in partnership with the New York City Council Faith Based HIV/AIDS Initiative and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of New York City. She has reorganized the church ministries to reflect the mission of equipping the community as service to our Lord, Jesus Christ and is placing emphasis on the importance of youth and young adult involvement. Rev. Jenkins is the first female to address the Ministers Division of the
Empire Missionary Baptist State Convention and is the first female to be appointed to the convention’s Pastor’s Division. She is also the coordinator for the convention’s newly formed Women in Ministry Division. In May 2013, Rev. Jenkins was appointed by the Manhattan Borough President to Community Board 10.
Rev. Jenkins received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Journalism from Pace University and attained the degree of Master of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary. Rev. Jenkins has taught New Testament Studies and Biblical Exegesis at New York Theological Seminary, and most recently served as an Adjunct Lecturer of Cultural Diversity in the History and Philosophy Department at York College/City University of New York. In addition to her pastoral and academic work, Rev. Jenkins lectures and facilitates workshops and seminars on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, Balancing Family & Ministry, Single Parenting, Mental Health & the Black Church, Women in Ministry and more. She is also authorized by author and scholar Dr. Obery Hendricks to teach and facilitate discussions based on his award-winning book, The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus' Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted. Rev. Jenkins' writings have appeared in the African American Lectionary, the National Baptist Convention's Sunday School Publishing Board's Lenten Journal and other publications.
Rev. Jenkins is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the NAACP and sits on the Parent Leadership Council for National Association of African American Children with Learning Differences and is an advocate of both adults and children with ADHD. She is a member of the Frederick Douglas Democratic Association and has worked with a
number of elected officials over her lifetime (beginning at age four when she stuffed envelopes alongside her mother for the Northside Democratic Club in the 1970s!) Rev. Jenkins is the proud mother of Jordan Christopher Jenkins-Crandle, a freshman majoring in Music Technology at Mercy College.
Rev. Jenkins believes that ministry must be intricately interwoven with community involvement and that it is impossible to serve God without serving humanity.