The Excellence Awards are the highest honors presented to Lee faculty members and recognize advising, scholarship and teaching. The oldest award and considered to be superior among the three is Excellence in Teaching. The winner of this award is chosen by a special committee which includes representatives of six different academic departments.
Jenkins joined the Lee University School of Religion in the fall of 2004 where he serves as the director of Lee’s Graduate Studies in biblical and theological studies. He has been appointed to serve as the new chair for the Department of Theology, beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.
He teaches courses such as Introduction to theology, doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and Freshman Gateway Seminar. He also teaches graduate seminars on prayer, the Trinity, and early Christian doctrine.
Since being at Lee, Jenkins has co-established an open discussion forum on campus called “Conversations on Apologetics,” and founded, with his wife, a student-oriented mentoring house whose stated purpose is spiritual, academic, and social accountability.
In 2012, Jenkins received the Excellence in Advising Award, and in 2013, the Janet Rahamut Award, given in recognition to the faculty member that exhibits the most heart for students evidenced by frequent interaction and positive involvement with them outside of the classroom.
Jenkins obtained his doctorate in systematic theology at Marquette University, two master’s degrees at Duke University Divinity School, one in general theological studies, the other with an emphasis in historical theology, and his bachelor of arts in Bible and theology from Lee University.
He is a member of the South Cleveland Church of God, where he teaches discipleship classes. He is also an active member of The Society for Pentecostal Studies.
Jenkins is married to Larisa Ard, and they have four children: Merritt, Eleanor, Eli and Ava.
Lee President Dr. Paul Conn recognized Jenkins for this honor during spring commencement in May.