Pastor Jon Jenks, a native of upstate New York graduated from Cedarville University, Ohio where he met his wife, Jeniffer. He graduated from Baptist Bible Seminary in 1996 after completing an Internship at Calvary in Wisconsin Rapids. He then served at Calvary in the area of Church Education from May 1996 to December 2000 when he was voted in as senior pastor. He was ordained to the ministry in September 2004. He and his wife Jeniffer have three children, Rob (20), Josh (18), and Abigail (16).
An administrator and teacher, Pastor Jon leads Calvary to focus on discipleship and growing one another in Christ. Having a heart to disciple men, he has developed teaching tools for use in the outdoors. Pastor Jon also presses the Calvary family to continue to grow through its “Spiritual Development Plan.”
Beyond ministry in his own local church, Pastor Jon teaches the “Pastor’s Toolbox” track aimed at training pastors in coordination with Biblical Counseling Ministries seminars. He has served on the Wisconsin State Council of Eight and the GARBC Council of Eighteen. For the past several years he has taken a leadership role in planning the annual Regional Connect Conference for pastors in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota, geared to bring pastors together for worship and edification. He currently is leading ten churches in a leadership multiplication ministry.
Because he believes in church planting and revitalization, he serves on the Baptist Church Planters board and is currently helping church plants in their leadership training and ministry development. He is no stranger to small rural churches as his dad currently pastors two church plants and pastored a church revitalization as Jon was growing up. Jon served on the steering committee that mothered the Faith Baptist Church in Adams, WI which continued to grow His church planting passion. Jon has fostered many church internships and has led Calvary in sending over 25 people into full time ministry since 1998. Finally, the role of Biblical counseling and peacemaking has defined much of the spiritual development and growth at Calvary. These activities formed Jon’s development and passion as a pastor and a man.
The Jenks enjoy wilderness camping, gardening, the Yankees, and their German shorthairs, Jaeger and Blitz. However, living in Wisconsin has not turned him into a cheese-head!