Reverend Patricia Lou (Tish) Jenkins, the daughter of the late Luther and Minnie Sims Jenkins, was born on April 26, 1944 in Columbia, Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, December 27, 2023 she departed this life peacefully at the UPMC Harrisburg Hospital.
She was saved in her youth and began her journey of dedicating her life to the work of ministry. For most of her adult life Rev. Patricia was active in mission work, at home and abroad.
She received training through Penn State University by participating in the Public Affairs Leadership Program and conducted an International travel Seminar to Tunisia, Holland, and West Germany. She also received extensive training in Clinical Pastoral Education and Chaplaincy Residency at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, PA.
She was affiliated with CLC Ministries International (formerly known as Christian Literature Crusade) for 11 years. There she served as a literature missionary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Monrovia, Liberia. Her work involved managing the ministry bookstore and mission property. In Liberia, she also engaged in cross-
She continued preparing her life for the work of the ministry, and received her Masters of Arts in Christian Education from Asbury Theological Seminary, and also a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. She also received her Associate Degree from Harrisburg Area Community College in Hospitality and Food Service.
While a resident in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania she joined the Mount Ephraim Baptist Church and was ordained as a Minister in 2004 under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Ronald K. Hill. She met Dr. Hill while serving in Monrovia, Liberia. During her time at Mount Ephraim she served as the under shepherd and pastored the church for over 2 years. The ministry grew under her leadership.
Upon her return to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania she united with The First Baptist Church of Steelton, Pennsylvania under the leadership of the late Dr. W. Braxton Cooley. As an Associate Minister, Rev. Patricia faithfully served as a spiritual leader, preaching, teaching Bible Study and leading Noon-Day prayer services.
She later returned to her home church, Shiloh C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of Pastor Kevin L. Scott where she attended worship services and enjoyed the company and fellowship of her family and friends. Rev. Patricia will be remembered for her bold conviction of her love and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
She was blessed to be born into a large, loving family of five deceased sisters: Susie Smith, Eliza Marbury, Druesilla Jenkins, Carrie Jenkins, and Minnie Jenkins; and six brothers: her only surviving brother, Allen (Connie) and five deceased brothers: George, Luther, John, Russell, and Jerry, survived by wife Christine. Amongst the many who will miss her and cherish precious memories of her are her brother, her sisters-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, devoted friends, her godchildren, and the Household of Faith.
Lovingly Submitted by the Family
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