David O. Jenkins

Associate Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology
David O. Jenkins
Phone: 404.727.4161
    • PhD, Duke University, 1994
    • MDiv, Yale University, 1980
    • BA, Duke University, 1974

    The Rev. Dr. David O. Jenkins has taught since 2000 at Candler, where he integrates classroom theories with practical experience, training students for roles in community leadership, international development, non-profit management, immigration policy and racial reconciliation.

    Jenkins’ academic and personal interest in immigration policy, liberation theology, base communities and Hispanic ministries stems from growing up on the border. His commitment to marginalized populations and international development inspired him to design Candler’s MDiv/Master in Social Work dual degree with the University of Georgia and the school’s dual MDiv/Master in Development Practices degree with Emory’s Laney Graduate School.

    As the founding director of international initiatives, Jenkins expanded Candler’s international relationships with schools of theology from three to 22. As the director of Contextual Education I and Clinical Pastoral Education from 2005 to 2014, Jenkins oversaw the placement of first-year MDiv students in social service or clinical settings. He has also designed short-term missions and social justice ministries abroad, including “The Church on the Border” in 2014, which gave students firsthand experience with people and places affected by U.S. immigration policies. 

    Jenkins is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served as a pastor in Oriental, North Carolina, a Wesley Fellowship campus minister and president of L’Arche USA.

    In 2005, Candler students named him “Faculty Person of the Year.”

    Selected Publications

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    Co-Author and Co-Editor,Equipping the Saints: Best Practices in Contextual Theological Education.The Pilgrim Press,2010

    "International and Cross-Cultural Courses: Changing the Context," in Contextualizing Theological Education.Pilgrim Press,2008

    Hospitality: Risking Welcome (Living the Good Life Together).Abingdon Press,2007

    "Epiphany on Brokeback Mountain," in Catholic New Times, vol. 30, no. 4.2006

    "Caring at the Epicenter," in Candler Connection.Candler School of Theology,2005

    You Must Be Born: A Lenten Pilgrimage into Life.United Methodist Publishing House,1996

    "Simple Lives, Rich Gifts Caring Communities," in Journal of Midwest Medical Ethics.Kansas City, MO,1990

    Selected Awards

    Outstanding Faculty Person, Candler School of Theology, 2004-2005.

    Recognized by Leadership Atlanta, 1999.

    Lowenstein Fellow in Public Leadership, 1977.

    Albright Fellow in Archeology, 1974, 1977, 1980.

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, March 17, 2015

    "The Candler Centennial Video: Story and Prophecy" - Candler School of Theology, Fall 2014

    "'On the Border' class takes students to center of immigration debate," in Spirited ThinkingMarch 28, 2014

    40 Days & 40 Nights: Conversations with Christians, March 9, 2012

    Selected Courses

    Nonprofit Leadership and Management

    Short-Term Missions and International Development

    Social Analysis for Congregations

    The Church and Community Development

    The Church and Disabilities

    The Church on the Border

    Understanding Community