First Baptist welcomes new pastor
Nov 22, 2017 1:00 AM -
When you meet the Rev. Jim Jenkel, it doesn't take long to see the "love one another" way he lives his life. His compassion for people is evident in his dual-career as the new pastor of First Baptist Church of Benton and as a dialysis LPN/patient care technician at Davita. Jenkel was ordained in 2007 and was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Freeburg for 11 years. Before going into ministry, he worked in the coal mining industry. He and his wife, Fran, met while attending Pinckneyville High School and have been married 44 years.