Commencement Speaker

Jerry B. Jenkins, HD ‘07

Author, Member of the Board of Trustees

Jerry B. Jenkins, former Vice President for Publishing and currently writer-at-large for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is the author of almost 200 books, including over 62,000,000 copies of the best-selling Left Behind series.

The former editor of Moody Magazine, Jenkins’ writing has appeared in Time, Reader’s Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals. He and Left Behind coauthor Tim LaHaye were profiled in a 2004 Newsweek Magazine cover story entitled “The New Prophets of Revelation.”

Jenkins speaks widely, primarily on writing, and is also a sought-after humorist — he wrote the nationally syndicated sports comic strip, Gil Thorp, from 1996-2004. His nonfiction books include as-told-to biographies with Hank Aaron, Brett Butler, Bill Gaither, Orel Hershiser, Luis Palau, Walter Payton, Nolan Ryan, and Sammy Tippit among many others. The Hershiser and Ryan books reached the New York Times best-seller list along with Just as I Am, the memoirs of Billy Graham. Beginning in 1993, Jenkins spent 13 months assisting Graham with his autobiography. He considers their time spent together as the privilege of a lifetime.

Jenkins owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company in Los Angeles that produced the critically-acclaimed movie “Hometown Legend,” based on Jenkin’s book of the same name. “Hometown Legend” was listed as one of the Top 10 family films of 2002 by Good News Communication’s MOVIEGUIDE. Jenkins also owns the Christian Writers Guild, a nearly 2,000-member worldwide organization aimed at training tomorrow’s professional Christian writers at a variety of ages.

Colorado Christian University awarded Jenkins the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in May 2007. Jenkins also chairs the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing program and developed the curriculum, which is offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. He has been a member of the CCU Board of Trustees since 2018.

He and his wife, Dianna, live in Colorado and have three grown sons and three grandchildren.