‘Christian, constitutional conservative’ Brad Jenkins wants to defend ‘faith, family and freedom’ in District 83

Published 12:01 am Thursday, March 10, 2022

CHINA GROVE — Rev. Brad Jenkins says he’s a Christian and constitutional conservative — in that order.

Jenkins says he’s running for North Carolina’s House District 83 to defend “faith, family and freedom.” District 83 will contain the southwestern portion of Rowan County and the eastern area of Cabarrus County. The district currently has no incumbent.

Jenkins, 36, has pastored Chapel Street Baptist Church since 2015. From March to November 2021, Jenkins led the Rowan County Republican Party before passing the reins to Elaine Hewitt when he decided to make a bid for state office.

Jenkins, who’s originally from Wyoming, is also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Jenkins said he was eager to serve the nation as soon as possible after Sept. 11, 2001. So, right after graduation, he joined the Army in 2003 and served until 2009.

“When I swore an oath of allegiance to the Constitution, it didn’t end when my time in service was done,” Jenkins said. “That oath of allegiance to the Constitution was something that I took serious and I want to defend our faith, our family and our freedom and the rights that God gives us.”

As a pastor, Jenkins said he and his family have helped establish three different churches and turned them over to new leaders. Additionally, Jenkins said he’s helped transform churches deep in debt and with low membership to thriving, well-attended institutions.

“Service has always been a part of my heart,” Jenkins said. “We have a lot of leaders who say they’re leading and not enough public servants who want to serve our community. I’ve been a servant of the public for my entire adult life.”

Church inspired Jenkins to take on a new opportunity to serve North Carolinians. Following a sermon that encouraged members to get more civically involved, a woman asked Jenkins if he was involved. She just so happened to be 83 years old at the time.

“That started the process of me really actively engaging more than just voting,” Jenkins said. “She made those words plain in my ear and God began to speak to me that we need Godly Christian people with values that mirror what our foundation used to be.” 

Jenkins said he’s not a politician, just someone who recognizes that “we need something better” in political leaders. If elected, he wants to defend and protect Americans’ rights to worship, parents’ choice in education and life at every stage. Additionally, Jenkins claimed he’s an advocate of the Second Amendment, election integrity and working to address the challenges facing military veterans and law enforcement officers.

A father of five, Jenkins said he knows and understands what it means to put food on the table. Additionally, he knows the consequences of poor decisions being made “by leaders rather than servants.”

“We need people in Raleigh who will genuinely listen to the people,” Jenkins said. “And my entire life as pastor has been compassionately listening to the needs of the people and trying to make a difference so they can be better.”

Jenkins and his wife, Katie, live in China Grove with their children.

About Natalie Anderson

Natalie Anderson covers the city of Salisbury, politics and more for the Salisbury Post. She joined the staff in January 2020 after graduating from Louisiana State University, where she was editor of The Reveille newspaper. Email her at natalie.anderson@salisburypost.com or call her at 704-797-4246.

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