History of the Restoration Movement

  John Acel Jenkins

Gospel Preacher In Huntsville, Alabama

  Success At A Meeting Near Hazel Green
Gospel Advocate, October 11, 1917 page 989
  Debate Between J.A. Jenkins And A Holiness Preacher

Gospel Advocate, November 29, 1934, page1154
  Obituary For Elizabeth Jenkins
Gospel Advocate, September 17, 1942, p.911
  Letter To The Gospel Advocate From A Daughter Of J.A. Jenkins

Dear Brothers North and Woods: Had my father still been on earth he would have written you, applauding the 125th Anniversary of the Gospel Advocate. He kept all the Advocates, the Firm Foundations, too. He would lend them only on the promise of their return.

The last year he was on this earth he attended the Lectureship of David Lipscomb and had dinner with the preachers who had preached 40 or more years.

Brother Boyd Fanning spoke of the West Huntsville Church in his letter to the Gospel Advocate—let me tell you I am proud when I can visit in their fine building where my brother is senior elder. There is a story about the building.

When my father moved to West Huntsville there was not a congregation of the Lord's people there. He started attending a church that didn't bear the Lord's name and they asked him to teach a class. He didn't last long there because he tried to teach "Baptism for the remission of sins."

He tried another church, but was asked to give up his class because he taught that baptism was by immersion. By this time he was hungry for a place to teach the Bible as his father, Nathaniel Jenkins had taught him. He had no money, but he persuaded my uncle, J. I. Jones and L. T. Welsh to go with him to ask the downtown church to finance the little building.

Brothers C. M. Pullias, Grover Brewer and R. E. L. Taylor were among the greats that preached in that little building, and it wasn't long until my father began to preach too. It was said of him that he established more congregations in Madison County, Ala., than anyone else. He also encouraged many young men to preach.

He believed strongly in church supported Orphan Homes and it was a great day in his life when he was asked to speak at the opening of Christ Haven near Cullman, Ala.

All of his children are Christians and almost all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, too. Three of his five grandsons are outstanding preachers. They are: Ancil Jenkins, Minister of the University Church in Albuquerque, N.M.; Jerry Jenkins, Minister of the Woodlawn Church in Birmingham; and Dan Jenkins, Minister of the Shades Mountain Church in Birmingham.

He loved the church better than anything in the world and he loved the Gospel Advocate because he knew it stood for truth.

This letter is about my father, J. A. Jenkins. Thank you and all past editors, for all you did for him and for Christians all over the world.

Ruby Jenkins Broome, Rockdale, Texas

-Gospel Advocate, September 4, 1980, page 581
A Group Of Members Of The West Huntsville Church -R.E.L. Taylor on the right.
John Ancil Jenkins' mother is standing on the extreme left, holding his oldest sister.
Thanks to John Ancil for sharing this photo. January, 2015.

  Directions To The Grave of John A. Jenkins
John A. & Elizabeth Jenkins are buried in the old Maple Hill Cemetery. The address is 202 Maple Hill St SE, Huntsville, AL 35801. Enter the main entrance, and head past the office (on right). Go to the second left. (Probably have to park on main road, as it is a very narrow drive.) Go to the second cross street and turn right. The Jenkins plot is on the left just in front of some trees.
GPS Location
34.734004, -86.572931



Established 1818
by the City of Huntsville
Maple Hill Cemetery
has become the final resting place of many
citizens of this community. Here lie brave
men who served in the major wars of
our nation, many public servants, and
many citizens whose good works
may have been known only to God.
Scrolls in Cemetery Reception Hall bear
the names of some outstanding people.
Alabama Historical Society

Confederate Burials just down from the Jenkins plot

Elizabeth - 1877-1942
John A. 1873-1957

Photos Taken 08.27.2014
Webpage Produced 10.31.2014
Courtesy of Scott Harp
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