Jerry B. Jenkins, former editor of Moody Magazine, vice president for publishing, and now chairman of the board of trustees for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is the author of more than 180 books, including the 63,000,000-selling Left Behind series. Jerry has been awarded honorary doctorates from Bethel College (Indiana), Trinity International University (Illinois), Colorado Christian University, Huntington University (Indiana), and Tennessee Temple University.
Riven, which Jerry considers his life’s work novel, released in July 2008 to stellar reviews and has been optioned for a movie.
The Breakthrough, Jenkins’s most recent novel, is the final book in his Precinct 11 trilogy. It released from Tyndale House Publishers in September 2012.
Jenkins’s writing has appeared in Time, Reader’s Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals. He also serves as a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest.
Jenkins and Tim LaHaye were featured in a May 24, 2004 cover story in Newsweek magazine as “The New Prophets of Revelation.”
Jenkins’s non-fiction books include many as-told-to autobiographies, including those of Hank Aaron, Bill Gaither, Orel Hershiser, Luis Palau, Walter Payton, Meadowlark Lemon, Nolan Ryan, and Mike Singletary. The Hershiser and Ryan books reached the New York Times best-seller list. Jenkins also assisted Dr. Billy Graham with his memoirs, Just As I Am, also a New York Times bestseller. Jerry spent 13 months working with Dr. Graham, and considers the project the privilege of a lifetime.
Jerry owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company in Chicago, which produced the critically-acclaimed Hometown Legend, listed as one of the Top 10 family films of 2002 by Good News Communication’s MOVIEGUIDE. Jenkins Entertainment also produced Midnight Clear, winner of the Special Jury Prize for “Best First Feature” at the 2007 Cinequest Film Festival.
What If…, Jenkins Entertainment’s latest feature, released to theaters in August of 2010 and on DVD in March 2011. It was a finalist for best family picture of 2010 along with such features as Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me.
Jenkins also owns the Christian Writers Guild, which aims to train tomorrow’s professional Christian writers and has more than 1,000 members worldwide. The centerpiece of the Guild is an e-mail correspondence course tailored to fit the busiest lifestyle. Each student is personally mentored by a seasoned professional via e-mail throughout the two-year program. Courses are also available for writers aged 8-12 and for teens.
Jerry Jenkins wrote the nationally syndicated sports story comic strip, Gil Thorp, from 1996-2004.
He speaks widely, primarily on writing, and is a sought-after humorist.
He and his wife Dianna live in Colorado and have three grown sons and eight grandchildren.
You can visit Jerry at: http://jerry-jenkins.com/