Meet Darlene Gayman Jennings – Gino Jennings’ wife
Who is Darlene Gayman Jennings–the wife of Gino Jennings?
“Behind every great man is a great woman,” as the saying goes.
Such is the case with Darlene Gayman Jennings, the great woman behind the leader of the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Darlene Gayman Jennings has been married to Pastor Gino Jennings for more than thirty years at this point, but there’s a lot the world doesn’t know about the woman behind the charismatic church leader.
Sister Darlene Jennings, as she is often referred to amongst her churchgoing community, has been at her husband’s side since the 1980s, and the pair have raised a big family together.
So what else is there to know about the enigmatic spouse of a controversial Christian leader?
Who is Darlene Gayman Jennings?
What does she do?
We’ve got the answers to all your questions about Darlene Gayman Jennings, the wife of Gino Jennings.
Who is Gino Jennings?
Readers who find themselves asking, “who is Darlene Gayman Jennings?” have usually found their way to Darlene Gayman Jennings’ bio through her husband.
Because let’s face it, he’s the famous one.
Gino Jennings rose to mainstream prominence as an American pastor.
He is the founder of the First Church of our Lord Jesus Christ in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and also presides over the church’s satellite sites across the United States.
When Gino is not preaching for his congregation or courting the media, he is on tour across the globe to share the word of God as he interprets it.
He is often accompanied by his family and the upper echelons of his church when he travels overseas to conduct baptisms.
Gino Jennings was born on February 10, 1963, in Philadelphia, as the 4th of 8 children to Bishop Ernest Jennings and Mother Jennings.
He found his feet as an evangelist and clergy leader in his great-uncle’s church.
While pastors traditionally are required to hold a Doctor of Pastoral Theology degree or similar, and have spent time in seminary, Jennings has neither. He notes that he “will never get paid to preach” in a 2019 interview with DJ Kool.
The Origin Story Of Darlene Gayman Jennings
Darlene Jennings—who was born Darlene Gayman in rural Pennsylvania—was born in November of 1962.
She joined the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ—which was known at that time as the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostles’ Faith—in late 1985.
At that time, the congregation would meet in the basement of Gino Jennings’ father’s house.
Gino Jennings spoke to his father, Bishop Ernest Jennings, and to Darlene’s parents about his intentions for her.
The pair courted briefly before they got married on April 15, 1989.
The ceremony was small, and attended by the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ community and worshipers.
It was performed by Bishop Jennings and was considered a very big deal at the time.
For some, according to spokespeople for The Truth of God website—the digital home of the church—it was the first holy wedding they had attended.
Back to Business
While April 15, 1989, was a big cause for celebration for the church—and the happy newlyweds—there was a lot on the go at the time.
The start of April saw the church’s headquarters moved from Gino’s dad’s basement to an Episcopalian fellowship hall on Briar Road in Philly.
The space was large, and able to accommodate the congregation’s equipment, musical instruments, and growing number of people.
With work to be done and a congregation to care for, Darlene Gayman—now Sister Darlene Jennings—and her husband were straight back to business.
On the night of his wedding, Gino Jennings was preaching on the pulpit of his new church headquarters.
Darlene, who threw herself into all aspects of her community, often worked tirelessly behind the scenes to keep people fed, serve her community, and engage in fellowship opportunities with the congregation.
The Expansion of an Empire
The dawn of 1990 brought new opportunities for Sister Darlene and her husband, too.
A steady influx of new members joined the church, putting pressure on their now limited space.
At the same time, Darlene Jennings’ husband wanted to launch a church broadcast.
The Truth of God Radio
With the support of Sister Darlene, her husband launched the Gospel, according to Gino Jennings, in a regular Truth of God Radio Program.
While the show was a marginal success, churchgoers were faced with a setback when their headquarters were broken into and the broadcasting equipment stolen.
While the church reeled from the violation, Sister Darlene learned that another member of their church—Sister Snyder from Washington, D.C.—had lost her life.
The church worked tirelessly to find a home for their new radio broadcast.
Eventually, Gino Jennings secured a half-hour international broadcast through the Nashville, Tennessee station WWCR.
Through the New Jersey station WTMR, he was able to lock in another one-hour spot.
The Good Lord Giveth…
Throughout these years of hard work and sacrifice to grow the church into the vision that Darlene Jennings and her husband, Gino, had in their hearts, were the arrivals of many blessings of their own.
Seven blessings, in fact.
From 1990 to 2000, Gino Jennings and his wife Darlene welcomed seven children into the world—four sons and three daughters.
Pastor Gino and Darlene Jennings are the proud parents of Terron, Gino, Jordan, Cameron, Brittni, Ceara, and Persia Jennings.
All seven of Darlene Gayman Jennings’ children work closely alongside her and their father within the church.
Darlene’s husband has been vocal about how his children should be treated with the same rules as anyone else in his church.
“My children aren’t better than yours [or] higher than yours. [They] have got to walk by the same rule, the same guidelines, and if they don’t, they will be reprimanded just like yours.”
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The Good Lord Taketh Away
Sadly, in the midst of all the acts of service being done and the children being welcomed into the Jennings family’s world, they suffered a great loss to their congregation and their inner circle.
In the early hours of April 12, 1991, Bishop Ernest Jennings—father of Pastor Gino and wife of church matriarch Mother Jennings—passed away suddenly.
The deaths of several other long-term members of the congregation followed, making the time especially difficult for Sister Darlene.
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