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D. Allen Jenkins, Doug to all who know him (which you now do), hails from the heart of Buckeye Nation in Columbus, Ohio. Raised in Ohio’s first capital city, Chillicothe, he writes from the prospective of a husband of 28-years, the father of one son, and of being an ordained minister for over thirty-two years. Formerly a recorded minister in the Evangelical Friends Church (Quaker), Doug is now an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is on staff at the Pickerington Church of the Nazarene in Pickerington, Ohio, where he has been actively involved for more than 17 years.
In 1998, Doug started experiencing a pervasive “pins and needles” tingling in his back that soon spread all over his body. A year of intensive and repetitious testing revealed that he was battling the debilitating disease of Multiple Sclerosis that has left him numb over eighty-percent of his body. His musical talents were affected tremendously by the eroding effects of this malady, making his love of playing the piano an increasingly difficult task, as were his abilities to enjoy simple things like pick-up football games with his son and playing softball.
At the inspiration of a pastoral friend, George Sisler, Doug realized the closing of one door was the opening of another, and he began reviving a latent longing to write creatively of the things held most important: his faith in Christ and his love for his family. His work seeks to honor them in both spirit and truth.
Doug’s writing talents have won him accolades on every level of his career, from award winning sermons in both college and in his pastoral endeavors, to numerous recognitions for his poetry, including publication in several poetic journals, such as Illuminations (2005), The Private Lantern (2004), and Shadows of the Season: The Members Collection (2004). His poetry has been featured in many online venues, including JBStillwater.com, PoemTrain.com, and Faithwriters.com.
In 2005, he earned The Gold Seal Award from FaithWriters.com for his début novel, The Making of Tibias Ivory: Freedom’s Quest. Reader responses have echoed this endorsement, and many have been clamoring for the continuation of this entrancing and inspiring saga. He is happy to oblige their requests!
Doug, a 1983 graduate of Ohio Christian University, the alma mater of New York Times bestselling author John Maxwell, is more than willing to share his incredible story of grace and courage with your church, book club, or to you personally. He believes that the first and biggest step in conquering your life challenges is daring to face them head on with the knowledge that you are not alone in your quest to overcome. There is power and purpose for your life. Doug invites you to contact him through his website at www.tibiasivory.com.