Pastor Oranté Jenkins was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he faithfully served as a member of Vision Christian Center International. He received his Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Southern University A & M College in 1998. In 2002, he received his Master of Special Education, and in May 2003, his Master of Educational Leadership, both from Northern Arizona University. In December 2017, he received his Doctor of Education from Northern Arizona University.
Pastor Jenkins began operating in his call to the ministry in 1999 while a member of the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. He served as armor bearer to the pastor, the Ministers Ministry, Men’s and the Marriage Ministry. He also served as teacher for Sunday School, Bible Study, and Vacation Bible School.
In addition, Pastor Jenkins served as President of the Southern District Association Congress of Christian Education. He currently serves as Vice Moderator of the Southern District Association. In addition, he has served as Vice President of the Paradise Missionary Baptist State Convention Congress of Christian Education.
Rev. Dr. Oranté Jenkins and Family
He is pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Tucson, AZ. In addition to his pastoral calling and duties, he also serves as a high school principal. Pastor Jenkins is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. He is a member in several other social, religious and educational organizations that allow him to fellowship and co-labor with others. Pastor Jenkins is husband to his lovely wife, Cheryl. He is the proud father of three beautiful daughters. Everything in life he attributes to God, his family and the countless other individuals who have been influential in his growth and development.
Pastor Jenkins believes that whether our past is positive or negative, it has fashioned the present, and the present is responsible for the future. When it comes to our Christian walk, he believes it is time for us to become real with ourselves, but most importantly, time to become real with God.