The Rev. Dr. A. Clark Jenkins was born March 3, 1953, in Pickens to the late Rev. Dr. Edward Emmanuel Jenkins Sr. and the late Mrs. Margaret Miller Jenkins.

Clark graduated from Claflin University with an undergraduate degree in religion and philosophy. He received a master of divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and an honorary doctor of divinity from Claflin University.

Clark’s passion for helping others spread his ministry across several states as he served in a number of ministerial positions.

Clark served the following appointments: Wesley UMC (Aiken), York Circuit — four churches (York, 1978-1979), Asbury Temple UMC (Durham, N.C., 1974-1978), Centenary UMC (Charleston, 1979-1982), Johns Island Parish — three churches (Johns Island, 1982-1989), associate council director, South Carolina Conference (Columbia, 1989-1991), Emmanuel UMC (Sumter, 1991-1994), Mount Zion UMC (Kingstree, 1994-1996), superintendent, Spartanburg District (Spartanburg, 1996-2004), senior pastor at St. Andrews-by-the-Sea UMC (Hilton Head, 2004-2007), senior pastor at First Broad Street UMC (Kingsport, Tenn., 2007-2010) and superintendent of Morristown District (Morristown, Tenn., 2010-2011).

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Carolyn Pearson Jenkins of the home; his daughter, Carmel Natasha Jenkins, his son, Jeremy Clark Jenkins, and daughter-in-law Gina Nicole Barksdale Jenkins, all of Charlotte, N.C., along with three granddaughters. He also leaves to mourn, his brother, Edward E. Jenkins Jr. of Greenville; and his sister, Patricia Shell and her family.

Funeral services for the Rev. Dr. A. Clark Jenkins of Columbia will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in the Edward L. Tullis Arena, Claflin University, Orangeburg.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Palmer Memorial Chapel, Columbia, and from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the arena in Orangeburg.

Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Columbia, followed by repast at the adjacent Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made at the university web site at or mailed to Attention: Institutional Advancement, Claflin University, 400 Magnolia Ave., Orangeburg, SC 29115.

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