Host of Birmingham’s longest-running religious show passes at 74

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The minister of Roebuck Parkway Church of Christ and host of Birmingham's longest running religious television program, The Living Word, passed away on Monday night.

The church said Jerry Jenkins died after an extended hospitalization. He was 74 years old.

Jenkins served as the pastor of Roebuck Parkway Church of Christ for 43 years. He was well known in central Alabama for hosting The Living Word during that time, a television program shown on Birmingham television stations for 43 consecutive years. The show was also shown around the world on the Gospel Broadcast Network and on TV stations in Belize.

Visitation for Jenkins will be held at Roebuck Parkway Church of Christ on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m and again on Thursday from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.  The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Jenkins, a native of Huntsville, was a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University and wrote numerous books on personal evangelism. He also helped begin Maywood Christian Camp in Hamilton, Alabama, and Jefferson Christian Academy in Irondale. He served on several boards including Rainbow Omega.

Jenkins was married to the late Mamie Frame Jenkins for 49 years and was currently married to Dr. Mona L. Jenkins. He had four children and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Jefferson Christian Academy, Freed Hardeman University, Maywood Christian Camp or Rainbow Omega.

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