Larry Jenkins following the ASU path of service

JANS – Larry Jenkins, a 1978 graduate of Alcorn State University, began his career at East Marion High School in Columbia, Mississippi.  After two and a half years as an educator, he joined ExxonMobil, where he has been employed for 30 years. Of his Alcorn experience, Larry says, “It taught me the importance of hard work and preparation.  It also taught me not to be intimidated by your environment and if you work hard, it will lead to longevity.” While at Alcorn, Larry became a member of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, and was also a member of Alpha Tau Alpha, a national professional honorary agricultural education organization. Larry has a passion for helping others, especially young people.  He has served as coach and president of the Dixie Youth Boys Baseball for more than 25 years.  As a result of his service and dedication to the City of Columbia for more than 20 years, the city recently named one of its baseball fields at Duckworth Park in his honor. Larry says, “I am especially proud and honored to be chosen.  The majority of our kids come from low income, single parent households. I am even more proud of the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these young boys and girls.” In June 2009, God placed a special call on his life when he was chosen as the pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Wiggins, Mississippi. Larry says, “I am proud and thankful that God has chosen me as one of his laborers in the vineyard.  I get great joy when I see men and women change and give their lives to Christ.”