Dale Jenkins was born in Hamilton, Alabama and grew up in Birmingham. He is an alumnus of Freed-Hardeman University and completed graduate work at Southern Christian University. He was awarded the LL.D. from Nigerian Christian Bible College in 2006. He is married to the former Melanie Romine (also a preacher’s kid) and has two sons: Philip, youth minister of the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ in Mt. Juliet, TN, and Andrew, youth minister at the Woodson Chapel Church of Christ outside of Nashville, TN. Philip is married to the former Laura Manning. Andrew is married to the former Kadee Barber. Philip and Laura have two children, Lucas Austin, born July 7, 2010 and Holley Kate, born October 22, 2012.
For nine years, Dale served as the minister for Granny White Church of Christ, located next to Lipscomb University, and the Hamilton Church of Christ in Hamilton, Alabama for ten years. He has been preaching for over thirty years. His ministry has included work in television and radio, lectureships, mission work in several countries, personal counseling, and community service.
He has served as a board member for several church and community efforts. He currently serves on the Board of Maywood Christian Camp, the Freed-Hardeman Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of Heritage Christian University, EXPOSURE Youth Camp and EQUIP, a training program for involvement ministers.
Dale served for six years as the editor of “PowerPoints for New Life,” the adult Bible school curriculum of 21st Century Christian. He also authored Promise Publishers adult material. His work has been published in books (including Renewing Respect, Redeeming the Time, Meditations Around the Lord’s Table, Seeking True Unity and numerous lectureship books) and articles. He directs the “Refreshing the Minister” segment of HCU’s annual lectureship and conducts “INSPRE” workshops to encourage ministers. Dale serves as a corespondent for BrotherhoodNews.com. He is also one of the emcees’ of CYC, the annual benefit dinner for Mount Dora Home and Bible School and the annual dinner for Maywood Christian Camp. In addition, Dale directs the 21st Century Christian Middle Tennessee Ministry Luncheon. In 2010 Dale had his first full length book published titled A Minister’s Heart. It is a gift book for ministers and was published by 21st Century Christian. In 2013 The Jenkins Institute published Dale’s second book, “A Youth Minister’s Heart.” Dale has appeared in “The Cambridge Who’s Who.” Dale is a co-host of the most listened to podcast in the brotherhood: iPreach.
In 2006 Dale made a decision that was totally out of character for him as in the prime of his career he left the security of one of the best known and most established congregations in our fellowship and moved to work with a four-month-old congregation in Spring Hill, TN, the 14th fastest growing city in America. Over the last five years, the congregation has grown from about 80 to over 450 in attendance.
Along with his brother, Jeff, in 2011 they launched The Jenkins Institute. It’s purpose statement is “Serving God’s Servants.” In August, 2011 they began a monthly magazine called Hope & Expectation. They conduct training programs via webinars, HelpDesk and Hangin’ Out At the Institute interviews.