The Rev. Dr. David O. Jenkins taught at Candler from 2000-2018, integrating 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.”
Co-author and Co-editor,Equipping the Saints: Best Practices in Contextual Theological Education. Pilgrim Press, 2010