Rev. Cory C. Jenkins currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. As the youngest pastor in the church’s 160+ history, Rev. Jenkins is blessed with the opportunity to lead this congregation in writing the next chapter of service and relevant ministry. Under his leadership the congregation has experienced significant revitalization. Much of this is the result of Rev. Jenkins implementation of the Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan. Out of the plan, the Lord has blessed this congregation with the inception of weekly bible study, a website, Gospel Jazz worship services, intentional community outreach efforts, the revitalization of the Youth Ministry and the Christian Education Ministry and the intense training of lay leaders for transformative ministry. It is Rev. Jenkins’ prayer and firm conviction that God will utilize the gifts and hearts of the Shiloh fellowship to be a blessing in the lives of its surrounding community.
Rev. Cory Jenkins, a native of Brooklyn, New York, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College with Phi Beta Kappa distinction. Rev. Jenkins received his Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary with a concentration in Practical Theology. While at Princeton, Rev. Jenkins was honored with the rare opportunity of being one of five students invited to participate in the Faithful Practices Fellowship in Pastoral Leadership, which is fully underwritten by the Lilly Endowment.
Rev. Jenkins received both his licensing and ordination at the Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Brooklyn, New York. Following seminary, Rev. Jenkins became the first Executive Pastor in Cornerstone’s history.
Rev Jenkins faithfully serves on the Board of Directors for Northern Ohio Blood Services of the American Red Cross. In 2009, he was recognized by Kaleidoscope Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40.” This listing recognizes minority young adults who are making significant contributions to the greater Cleveland area. Additionally, Rev. Jenkins has served as a contributing writer for the National Baptist Voice, the official publication for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.
Rev. Cory Jenkins is married to his seminary sweetheart Reverend Courtney Clayton Jenkins, Senior Pastor & Teacher of South Euclid United Church of Christ and a graduate of Spelman College. In January 2012 Rev. Cory and Rev. Courtney were selected as one of the “Most Interesting Couples” by Cleveland Magazine. Their selection was due, in part, to the unique fact that both serve two of the oldest congregations in the city at such young ages. In July of that same year Rev. Cory and Rev. Courtney were featured by Black Enterprise Magazine as a new paradigm for careers in faith. Together, Rev. Cory and Rev. Courtney travel the country facilitating workshops and seminars stressing family stabilization. They are excited about sharing a life of love and ministry together.
On March 18, 2014, Rev. Cory and Rev. Courtney rejoiced in the arrival of their son, Caleb Cory Clifford. He is their “gift from God!” They are excited to begin this new chapter in their lives with God’s guidance.
In spite of all the life lessons the Lord has blessed Rev. Jenkins to learn, he knows that only the awesome and healing power of God has sustained him to reach this place on his faith journey. It is this knowledge that continuously serves as the foundation for his personal ministry as he seeks to serve this present age as an ambassador for Christ.