GREG JENKS, PH.D.
Greg was born in Southern California, was raised in Texas, and came to trust Christ for salvation in his early years. He has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and has served as a professor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels teaching Greek and biblical topics. He has published books and articles related to Pauline theology. Greg is known for his communication and people skills and, in addition to his teaching skills, often finds himself in mentoring roles with believers at different levels of spiritual maturity. His most recent teaching responsibilities have been in secular contexts where he has found surprising success attracting the unsaved to the redemptive story of the Bible. He has the equivalent of an Associate Arts degree in Italian Language and Culture. In addition to extensive ministry experience in the United States, in the 80s and 90s, he served the church in Italy in the cities of Perugia and Milan, and on a church-planting team to Venice for four years. Subsequently, he has served in short-term missions and on academic research projects in Turkey, China, Albania, and throughout Europe. He has unique qualifications and draws from a vast reservoir of experience as he works with Italians and Italian churches to forward God’s mission there. He and his Italian wife, Angela, have committed their lives to serve to advance God's kingdom through ReachItaly.
Angela comes from Milan, Italy. She found Christ in her early 20s while attending university in the central Italian city of Perugia. She has endured and grown for years in contexts where she was the only believer. She has proved herself a faithful and godly servant in a variety of church contexts, most recently in two churches near her home in Milan. She has masters degrees in Social Work and in English and Spanish Literature. She took a leave of absence from work to spend a season studying the Bible at Torchbearer Bible School in England and Gospel Literature Outreach in Scotland, and has traveled to Ghana, China, and the United States in different outreaches. Angela is recognized by many North American missionaries for the help she offered them both with Italian tutoring and with cultural assimilation in Italy. She is known for her industrious service and hospitality and is sought out for her wisdom and gentle leadership of women.