Born in a small town in northeastern North Carolina, the Rev’d Arthur Jenkins graduated from Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, VA and North Carolina State University. The first twelve years of his adult life he spent working with the family farm. During this time Arthur met Jesus in a very personal way. His favorite way to describe this is, “I had read the Book, but then I met the Man.” In the mid-eighties Arthur answered our Lord’s call to ministry and earned a Masters of Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary. Ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, he served two years at Saint James Church, Charleston, South Carolina. In 1992 he was called as Rector of Christ Church, Fitchburg, Massachusetts in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. After serving in New England for five years he returned to Charleston as Rector of Saint James Church.
While serving Saint James for 23 years Arthur led the church to build a 4.5 million dollar Ministry Center and to found a Christian Day School for over 80 children. During his ministry shared at Saint James six aspirants for Holy Orders were welcomed in a process of discernment and were ultimately ordained as priests. He was also a participant as Saint James and the Diocese of South Carolina left The Episcopal Church and affiliated with the Anglican Church of North America. Retiring in 2022, Arthur continues ministry in the Diocese serving as a non-stipendiary part-time assistant to one of the churches who lost their traditional campuses to lawsuits by TEC.
An evangelical, Arthur’s ministry continues to be rooted in God’s Word as revealed in the Bible and the Holy Spirit. His ministry has been led to focus on reconciliation of relationships, intergenerational sin and Biblical manhood. Exodus 20:4, Ephesians 2:4,5 & 8, Luke 2:30 continue to be touchstones for his life and ministry.
In retirement Arthur loves to shoot sporting clays, to grill and smoke on his outdoor pits. Married for 47 years, he and his wife Kay have two daughters, Lawson, Kate and a son-in-law, Mikael.