Our police chaplains are local pastors who have volunteered to serve as chaplains for The Colony Police Department. Their goal is to provide assistance to both officers and the community for a variety of calls. Community services that are provided by our chaplains include being a positive link between police and the community, making contact with victims and their family during traumatic situations, and providing counseling services as needed. Chaplains regularly participate in ride-outs with officers to foster relationships and are able to respond to death investigations or any other traumatic calls to assist both officers and the public.
Reverend James E. Jenkins Sr.
Rev. James E. Jenkins, Sr. was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Texas in 1975 and became a Colony resident in 1978. He was married to the late Clarece Stokes Jenkins and to this union; they have three children named, James Jr., Shontique, and Michelle along with four beautiful grandchildren. He is also a United States Navy Veteran and served his country in the Vietnam era.
Currently, he serves as a Senior Assistant to the Pastor and Church Business Administrator of Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony, Texas, as well as serving as a Charter member while embarking upon a 41-year celebration of “service as a church.”
He acknowledged his calling to preach the Gospel in 1990. He is licensed and ordained to exercise his many gifts in the work of the ministry. He possesses a Bachelor’s Degree and is currently in pursuit of his Master’s Degree at the Dallas Baptist University with an emphasis on Christian Ministry and a concentration on Chaplaincy.
Outside of church, he has served as Director of Spiritual Care for Christian Community Action in Lewisville, Texas; Board of Directors for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County and Certified Facilitator for Darkness to Light (Child Abuse Prevention). Currently, he is serving on the Finance Committee for the Denton Baptist Association and in June 2022, he joined The Colony Police Department as a volunteer Chaplain.
His favorite scripture that has sustained him throughout the years is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Pastor Jesus Cantu
Pastor Jesus Cantu is a community Leader, marriage mentor, advisor, songwriter, writer and dynamic communicator. With wisdom well beyond his 48 years of life, he is respected for his innovative thinking and contemporary leadership.
Pastor Cantu's main focus is family. He very well understands that family is the first and most important institution created by God. Him and his wife have a strong focus on marriage restoration and mentorship.
Pastor Cantu is committed to build "a new culture" based on 12 Code of Honor. Odeelia church is recognized for embracing a strong Culture of Honor where love is the strongest value.
Currently, he directs "Radical Honor" a program designed to Honor our cities, authorities, police department and first responders. His goal is to influence our society, starting with the state of Texas, to live in a Culture of Honor.
"Stronger Leadership is always Demonstrated when we stay in a posture of service". - Ps Chuy Cantu