Courageous Conversations

Courtney Clayton Jenkins

Rev. Courtney Clayton Jenkins, a trailblazing leader, serves as Senior Pastor and Teacher at South Euclid United Church of Christ in Cleveland Ohio. In 2010, she made history as the youngest, first woman, and first African American to lead the congregation, revitalizing it after a fire ravaged their historic building.

Guided by a passion for innovation, Rev. Jenkins transformed the church into a dynamic, multicultural community. The driving force behind a successful $8.15 million construction project, the rebuilt church stands as a testament to her leadership and vision.

Hailing from Cleveland, she holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor's in English Literature from Spelman College. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she was the first woman ordained at Mt. Zion Congregational Church.

As the founder of Long Walk Productions, Rev. Jenkins has spent over a decade crafting inspirational films. Her works, celebrated at prestigious festivals such as the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, explore themes of faith and resilience while inspiring spiritual growth.

Among her many accolades are being named in Crain’s Cleveland Business “Forty under 40” and a YWCA Woman of Achievement. An accomplished writer and Certified Leadership Coach, Rev. Jenkins authored "Stepping Back to Step Up," designed to empower women in ministry. Collaborating with The John Maxwell Company, she guides historic congregations in strategic development.

A proud mother, she welcomed her son Caleb into the world in 2014.

Her steadfast commitment to faith and leadership resonates as she joyfully guides her congregation and empowers the next generation with love and strength. While she leads her congregation with joy and purpose, her reach extends beyond the church's walls. Her aim is to empower the next generation to impact the nation with God’s unconditional love and almighty power.

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