Reverend Maxine E. Jenkins, temporary supply pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne, has been decreed the Pittsburgh Presbytery’s second certified Christian educator and is its first African-American to be so named.

Reverend Jenkins, 60, of Penn Hills, began the long process for certification in March 2006. The Presbyterian Educators Certification Council certified her this year.


Sharon Stuart, director of the Presbytery’s Disciple Making and Spiritual Growth, said Rev. Jenkins is a role model for other Christian educators, add­ing, “She’s worked hard and gained the skills to help children, youth and adults in their Christian and spiritual formation.”

Reverend Jenkins was ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament at First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne in 2005.

Her background in public and religious education is extensive.

In 1972, Rev. Jenkins, a native of Ohio and one of seven children, received a bachelors of science degree in elementary education from Ohio State University. She taught in Ohio’s public school system for several months before moving to Pittsburgh in 1972, where she taught in its public school system 31 years.

In 1977, Rev. Jenkins earned her master’s of education from the University of Pittsburgh. That same year, she joined St. Paul Baptist Church and served as Sunday School and Bible Study teacher, youth ministry coordinator, Sunday School superintendent and deaconess. In 1992, she was ordained a Baptist minister.

In 1987, Rev. Jenkins graduated from the Harty Bible School. In 2002, she received a master’s of divinity degree in from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

In January 1998, she joined Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church and served seven years there in various capacities.

Reverend Jenkins’ affiliations include the Allegheny Union Baptist Association, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Missions Youth Seminary and the Miss Black Teenage Program. She is a board member of Christian Life Skills, as well as a member of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus, the NAACP, Urban League, and the state and local Association of School Retirees.

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