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Mayor Appoints Alumni to Board


On April 25, Chicago’s Mayor-Elect, Rahm Emanuel, appointed a diverse group of non-profit, business, legal and religious leaders to the City Colleges of Chicago Board. Included in this group was Moody Bible Institute alumni Charles Jenkins. Jenkins is pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago and graduated from Moody with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

“This appointment is a great honor for Pastor Jenkins, and the entire Moody community is very proud,” said Dr. Paul Nyquist, Moody’s president. “D.L. Moody was deeply committed to providing accessible education for all people, and while he had no more than a fifth grade education, he devoted much of his life thirsting for knowledge and working to provide quality education for all students. We look forward to seeing how the Lord uses Pastor Jenkins on the City Colleges of Chicago Board to continue advancing this mission.”

In addition to the City Colleges of Chicago Board, Jenkins also serves on a number of corporate, educational, governmental and religious boards, including Clear Channel Chicago Advisory Board, Advocate Health Advisory Board, The Hilliard Vocational Institute, Illinois Attorney General Advisory Board, Illinois Treasurer Advisory Board and the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.

While he is only 35 years old, Jenkins has distinguished himself as an accomplished song writer, community advocate and preacher. He has received many awards, citations and honors, including one of Morehouse College’s highest honors of being inducted into The Dr. Martin Luther King Board of Preachers and Scholars.

At the appointment presentation, Mayor-Elect Emanuel stated that, “The Board will continue to implement the top-to-bottom reinvention of the City Colleges of Chicago that began in 2010. The leaders I have appointed…will kick the implementation into higher gear and achieve results for the students who depend on Chicago’s City Colleges to get them to college or a job.”


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