Profiles In The Faith: Ken Jenkins
When Ken Jenkins was a young boy, his parents would often load him and his brother into their old station wagon and head out across the country hiking, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors. Growing up in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains, and making the annual camping trip birthed a great love for nature in Jenkins’ heart. This passion for the great outdoors takes him to national parks, great American rivers, and tops of mountains to capture creation in a way very few ever see it.
Jenkins is an award-winning photographer. From his early twenties, Jenkins has taken his camera on trips across the world studying nature and wildlife in order to encapsulate the beauty of God’s creation. This led Jenkins to establish Pathways to Nature in the early 90’s that allowed him to release his photographic findings for others. Today, Jenkins makes his photography available in note-cards, posters, and pictures at Beneath the Smoke in Gatlinburg, Tn.
Don’t be mistaken by Jenkins’ skillful photography. He is one of the most gifted photographers I have ever known, and I am very grateful for the time I have been able to spend with Ken over the years. When you speak with Jenkins about his photographs or his recent climb through the Smokies, the transparency of his passion for Christ brings the photographs to life. He doesn’t take pictures of the incredible scenes of nature, but rather records the beauty of God’s creation. It is his calling, and his life work to share with doubters, unbelievers, and followers of Christ the sovereignty and care of the Creator for his creation. One of Jenkins’ most gifted works was a piece he put together with Warren Wiersbe entitled, Expert Lifemanship- Mastering the Art of Living.
Jenkins’ ability to see God in the midst of creation and teach others the deep truths of God, as seen in Scripture, is remarkable. I remember the first year Michael Catt, Senior Pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church invited Ken to speak at Sherwood’s annual ReFresh conference in Albany, Ga, and Gatlinburg, Tn. Ken always has a fresh word from the Lord and his heart for God’s people and truth of God’s Word is apparent every time I hear him teach.
I am grateful for men who embrace their vocation as a calling from God. Men who take pictures, build houses, coach students, or work in an office who make it their job to use their gifts to make God’s glory known.