Deacon Philip Jenks

Photos: Ordination Day, Bulletin Art with John Lewis and Breonna Taylor, Houston Youth Gathering

Philip Deacon preaching:

February 18, 2021 video

 - Deacon Philip Jenks preaching on

what Shakespeare, Alan Ginsberg and Francis Ford Coppola

can teach us about the connection between lament and justice.

Philip E. Jenks is a Synodical Deacon in the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), called by St. Paul's and Set Apart by or Bishop in 2021.  Philip is a retired journalist and church communicator.

As deputy general secretary of American Baptist Churches in the USA from 1971-91, he was responsible for telling the American Baptist story through all denominational media. He has been news officer for the U.S. Conference of the World Council of Churches and for the National Council of Churches in the USA.

He served as an Air Force chaplain’s assistant from 1965-1968 and has been a police and political reporter for two Philadelphia area daily newspapers. From 1976-1995 he was a member of the adjunct faculty of Eastern University where he taught classes in journalism and mass media.

In retirement he continues to write “The Little Scroll,” a monthly column he wrote for twenty years as editor of The American Baptist magazine ( He also writes the blog, often featuring a daily cartoon called “Felipito Diary.”


Philip and his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Martha M. Cruz, are members of St. Paul’s ELCA church in Rye Brook, N.Y. They are the parents of six adult children and grandparents of five.

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