Ricky Jenkins

Lead Pastor, Southwest Church

Ricky Jenkins was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, and has served in pastoral ministry since 1998. In 2001, he moved to Oakland, California, to serve as senior pastor of Emmanuel Church.

After his years in Oakland, Ricky moved to Memphis, TN, to serve as a Campus Pastor for Fellowship Memphis Church. Ricky served at Fellowship Memphis from 2008 to 2013. Memphis is where Ricky met, pursued, and married his lovely wife, April!

In 2013, Ricky and April moved to Chicago to pursue a Ph.D. in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Ricky’s research interests revolve around pastoral leadership—particularly with respect to racial reconciliation, issues of justice, and the Civil Rights movement. The Jenkins’ moved back to Memphis in 2015 where Ricky served as a Teaching Pastor/ Scholar-in-Residence at Fellowship Memphis Church.

In January of 2018, Ricky and April accepted the call to become the Lead Pastor at Southwest Church in Coachella Valley California.

Along with raising their sons, Camden and Grand, the Jenkins’ love pouring into the people they are discipling, hosting friends new to the church community, and getting out of the country to serve other nations as often as the Lord allows.