Cliff Jenkins

San Bernardino, CA
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About Cliff Jenkins

I have provided training and coaching in the area of multiethnic ministry and racial unity for multiple pastors and church planters. These trainings have been in small to medium groups and one-on-one settings. I have also provided racial unity discipleship training for churches and Christian cohorts.

Areas of Expertise

Christian Colleges
Churches
Individual 1 on 1 coaching
Other Organizations

Services

References

Chad Robinson
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Cliff started a collaborative initiative in the wake of George Floyd called Discipleship Against Racism Think Tank (DARTT) that met for several months. The platform involved a Zoom meeting where individuals of all races and backgrounds were able to openly discuss their opinions on the church and its role in promoting unity. Book studies were assigned but we would also have open discussions. Cliff facilitated discussions either on the materials or on current events, frequently asking thought provoking questions. This group did not always agree on methodology or even how we experienced the events of the year but Cliff made sure everyone was heard and respected. He was open to tough, uncomfortable questions and leaned on the expertise of others when a question could be better answered by someone else. The whole forum allowed me to rethink how as a leader I can better shepherd and care for people of color, things I might be blind to, and how best to reflect Christ to a diverse community.
Christopher Autry
Lead Pastor - Faith Community Church
Cliff has served first as my Pastoral Mentor and then my mentor through a small group called D.A.R.T (Discipleship Against Racism Think Tank. He helped me to process my thoughts, desires, and logic around creating a biblical worldview concerning racial justice and discrimination. Cliff had us study the works of Jemar Tisby, the bible and other selections to help us relationally navigate and see racial issues that exist on our street corners and neighborhoods. He challenged us and held us accountable to each week working with others to create discussions around seeking racial reconciliation, reaching out to our ethnic minority neighbors, and creating a community that doesn't look like us. His work was helpful for us to see but also do the work of bringing racial reconciliation to our communities. On a side note, as a white Father of a black son (12 years old), I now know how to lead my son in this world with integrity and perseverance.
Greg Drayer
Pastor - Rolling Hills Church
Cliff attended our church while living in Pittsburgh. After the events of the George Floyd killing, I asked Cliff to lead our church in a discussion on race, faith, healing, and finding a way forward for the church to be an example to the world with regards to race relations and brother/sisterhood. I asked this knowing that this would not be like a typical opportunity for him to share these things because he was not a consultant coming into a setting, dropping a few bombs and leaving. He was there with us. Living life amongst us. Participating in ministries with us. These were friends, partners, and fellow members of the church that he was sharing his experiences and thoughts with and yet, he was willing to discuss freely and openly with us all. Even in times when he and I would get into deeper discussions and disagreements over different issues, his faith, relationship with God, and love for the other person was always evident.
Trent Kirkland
Pastor - Zion Church
Cliff provided leadership for a yearlong Racial Unity Discipleship Group in our community. The group met twice a month and read through and discussed Re-Discipling the White Church and The Color of Compromise. Cliff led the group of pastors and laity, white and black, with compassion and care. He was appropriately compassionate and patient as well as challenging when needed. Cliff brings passion, wisdom, and the ability to connect with a variety of individuals who are in different places when it comes to the topic of racial justice. Whether in person or on Zoom, Cliff led the group well and would be an asset to your ministry team.

Work Experience

Pastor of Discipleship and Church Planting
Mt. Zion Ontario - Ontario, CA
October 2022 - Current

Responsible for overseeing leaders and teachers of bibles study, Sunday school and small groups. Also, mentors and supervises multiple church planters of Mt. Zion.

Associate Director, Doctor of Ministry Program / Associate Professor of Leadership Formation
Gateway Seminary - Ontario, CA
June 2022 - Current

Responsible for mentoring and teaching leadership in the Doctor of Ministry program.

Church Planting Director
North American Mission Board - Pittsburgh, PA
May 2017 - June 2022

Overseeing church planting strategies for Pennsylvania and South Jersey.

Regional Church Planting Catalyst
North American Mission Board - Pittsburgh, PA
January 2011 - May 2017

Responsible for developing church plants across Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

Account Executive Officer
Zurich North America - Pittsburgh, PA
August 2012 - March 2015

Managed a $12 million dollar book of business with account premiums ranging between $100,000 - $3,000,00. Territory included Western PA, parts of Ohio and Greater Detroit, MI area for both new and renewal business. Full Casualty Underwriting Authority (including Umbrellas up to 10 Million) with some small Inland Marine and Property authority as well. Experience with both guaranteed cost and loss responsive plans primarily for construction, Oil & Gas, and related industries. Responsible for marketing and sales duties for large and mid-sized independent agents and brokers. Developed new underwriting trainees through coaching and mentoring.

Commercial Lines Underwriter
Travelers Insurance - Philadelphia, PA
May 1991 - July 2012

Cliff managed an 8 million dollar book of guaranteed cost business with account premiums ranging between $50,000 - $2,000,000. He also created loss responsive plans for various clients. Responsibilities included review of rating, determining coverages, negotiating terms and conditions and selling the proposal to the broker and the client.

Education

- Multiethnic Ministry - D.Min
Gateway Seminary - Los Angeles, CA
October 2018 - December 2021
- Theology / Leadership - M.Div
Biblical (Missio) Seminary - Philadelphia, PA
September 2004 - May 2007
- Economics / Accounting - B.A.
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA
September 1985 - May 1991

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