Lady Kathye Jenkins
By Cora Jackson-Fossett
Sentinel Religion Editor
March is Women’s History Month and the Los Angeles Sentinel will highlight four women who are committed to sharing the message of Christ Jesus in through their own distinctive ministry.
LAS: What is your name and your ministry?
KJ: Mrs. Kathye Jenkins, founder and president of the Cynthia Perry Ray (CPR) Foundation, an outreach ministry that provides religious, educational, social and economic support to improve the quality of life in L.A. area communities.
LAS: How long have you been in this ministry and how did you get started in it?
KJ: I organized the CPR Foundation in September 2000 while serving as president of the Gardena Valley and Vicinity Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows Association. I wanted to honor Dr. Ray who was a great leader, noted educator and a role model that served the Lord by example. She was dean of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives & Ministers’ Widows, Inc., president of the Women’s Department of the National Baptist Convention, and a national instructor for the Congress of Christian Education.
The CPR Foundation donates clothing and toys to shelters, assists women in transitional facilities, provides finances to the needy, adopts classrooms, and gives recognition awards for faithful kingdom building and scholarships for education support to students.
LAS: What role has God or your faith played in your ministry?
KJ: As we go through the uncertainties of life, those of us who are saved can have the assurance of God’s support by what has occurred in our past. When we put faith into action, it makes things and situations seem easier and more comforting that results in a closer walk with the Lord. We must know God in a personal way like we do our family and friends. God can give you the strength and power to handle anything.
LAS: What is one of the most memorable moments or experiences during your ministry?
KJ: When my husband accepted his call to preach 35 years ago (the day after we were married), I became part of his ministry. Although I was raised and worked in the church all my life, I was not prepared for what I was in for and I wondered why God put me in this position. It took me a while to get it, but I finally did. I create and promote programs, worship services, luncheons, banquets, etc. and I work with the women of the church. It is a wonderful feeling and experience to watch the pieces of a project come together.
LAS: What are your future goals?
KJ: On April 9, the CPR Foundation will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with an Awards Musical Luncheon. Several people are being recognized and a scholarship named in memory of the first chairperson, Mrs. Gloria Taylor, wife of the late Pastor Isam Taylor of Faithful Service Baptist Church in Los Angeles.