Rev. Bennie L. Jenkins Jr. and his family gathered under a canopy at First Zion Missionary Baptist Church to greet drive-by well wishers celebrating his sixth anniversary as minister to the congregation. SUBMITTED

Rev. Bennie L. Jenkins Jr., pastor of First Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Bluffton celebrated his sixth pastoral anniversary Sept. 27.

Due to the pandemic, the celebration was a drive-through by church members, family and friends and supporters of the church.  Participants drove past with expressions of well wishes and gifts for the pastor and his family.

The officers of the church wish to thank everyone who participated in this event that showed the pastor support for his leadership and efforts to keep us together during this current health crisis.

Rev. Jenkins is a native of Grays Hill. He was appointed pastor of First Zion on Sept. 29, 2014. Prior to becoming the pastor of the church, he served as a member of the church music ministry, a member of the Board of Deacons and as interim pastor. In 2015 he was appointed as a chaplain with the Town of Bluffton Police Department, serving the needs of the citizens of Bluffton community. He is also an active member of the Bluffton Ministerial Alliance.

First Zion currently holds worship services each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on the church front lawn. During these services, Rev. Jenkins encourages those in attendance through the word of God to have faith, trust, hope and patience as we face the difficult days ahead. The services are open to the public.

Rev. Jenkins is married to Bluffton native Latonya Jenkins, and is the father of four children: Bennie III, Sahalia, Lanaiishia and Breadon.

The church is located at 10 Robertson St., one block from the Bluffton Oyster Factory in Old Bluffton.

For more information, call 843-681-7376 or 843-757-2638.