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Reverend Courtney Clayton Jenkins Selected as Dillard University 2017 Baccalaureate Speaker

 L. Kasimu Harris | Communications and Marketing

L. Kasimu Harris | Communications and Marketing

NEW ORLEANS – The Reverend Courtney Clayton Jenkins will deliver the keynote address at Dillard University’s Baccalaureate service on May 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., on the Rosa Freeman Keller Avenue of the Oaks on the University’s campus.

Rev. Jenkins is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and serves as Senior Teacher and Pastor of South Euclid United Church of Christ. At the age of 27, Jenkins became the youngest pastor, the first woman, and first African American to lead the multi-cultural and multi-generational congregation.

Jenkins is the co-founder of the Without Walls Ministry, a retreat designed to educate and elevate women in the ministry. She provides training and guidance in a number of programs including youth ministries on anti-racism; life-skills for low-income and incarcerated individuals; dating anti-violence for young adults; and African American history as a form of empowering and building community.

Dedication and enormous energy has been the hallmark of Jenkins’ work with youth in the Cleveland area.  As a result, she has garnered recognition by several organizations including the office of the mayor, which honored her in 2015 with the Mayor’s “Making a Difference Award.” She was also the recipient of the 2012 “Star Award” presented by the Women of Color Foundation to a young professional woman who is making a difference in Northeastern Ohio.

Jenkins holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary with a concentration in Preaching and Congregational Ministry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Spelman College.

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