Who are Gino Jennings’ sons and daughters?
Pastor Gino Jennings and his wife, Darlene Gayman Jennings, are adamant that their children be treated no differently than anyone else.
So, there’s no VIP treatment for the children of an influential church leader with a following that spans the United States and even commands an audience of thousands in places like the Netherlands, Italy, Mauritius, Trinidad, Jamaica, Australia, England, Ireland, and Scotland.
Being the children of a celebrity pastor with international radio broadcasts, a sprawling church complex, and real estate from coast to coast across the United States doesn’t automatically mean a life of luxury, either.
In fact, all Pastor Gino Jennings and Sister Darlene’s children work within the church, from its headquarters in Philadelphia.
Pastor Jennings says that “the mistake many church people make is they put the pastor’s children on a pedestal.”
He doesn’t believe that anyone needs to be on a pedestal, and says that it is important his children are seen as equal to anybody else.
“My children aren’t better than yours. They have got to walk by the same rule[s], the same guidelines. If they don’t, they will be reprimanded just like yours.”
Here are the answers you’ve been looking for—the 411 on Pastor Gino Jennings, his wife, Sister Darlene Gayman Jennings, and the couple’s seven children.
Who are Pastor Gino Jennings and his wife, Darlene?
Meet Pastor Gino Jennings
Pastor Gino Jennings is one of a growing number of celebrity religious figures who appear on radio, television, and social media across the world.
He is one of the founding members of the First Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostles’ Faith—which shortened its name to the First Church of our Lord Jesus Christ in the early 1990s.
His co-founder was his father, the renowned Bishop Ernest Jennings.
Gino was born on February 10, 1963, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He is the fourth child out of eight born to Bishop Ernest Jennings and Mother Jennings.
Gino’s grandfather was the brother of an evangelical clergy leader with his own Pennsylvania church—Gino became studying under his great-uncle.
Eventually, he would begin sermonizing, too.
While his great-uncle was the church leader, Bishop Ernest Jennings was his second in charge, and Gino became the third in charge.
He was also a Bible reader and accompanied his uncle on evangelical missions.
When he revealed that he had a vision of his own—one where he would spread the word of God through worldwide baptisms and radio broadcasting, he was outcast.
It was the beginning of a season of tremendous growth and transformation for Gino Jennings in his faith.
Meet Sister Darlene Gayman Jennings
Darlene Gayman Jennings was born in Pennsylvania in November 1962.
From a tight-knit family of eight, she was raised as a kind, generous, and God-serving Christian.
When she joined the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Philadelphia in 1985, the church headquarters were just the basement of Bishop Jennings and Mother Jennings’ home.
Space was at a premium, but the leadership was strong, and the congregation had faith.
They also had a vision—and Pastor Gino Jennings’ vision included Darlene Gayman.
Pastor Jennings spoke with Darlene’s parents in 1988, to make clear his intentions to court—and eventually marry—their daughter. His father, the Bishop, was also involved in the talks.
Gino Jennings married Darlene Gayman on April 15, 1989, when she was 27 years old, and he was 26 years old.
Love & Marriage
When Pastor Gino Jennings and his fiancee, Darlene Gayman, tied the knot in 1989, the ceremony was small—but crucially important to their congregation.
For many, it was the first time they had been witness to a holy wedding.
The ceremony itself was presided over by Bishop Ernest Jennings, and the entire community of the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ was in attendance.
While the wedding was cause for celebration, Pastor Gino Jennings had only just moved the church headquarters from his parents’ basement to its own Episcopalian fellowship hall in downtown Philadelphia at the start of the month.
He had work to do.
The night of his wedding, he was back to delivering sermons in front of his congregation in their new church headquarters—and Darlene was back to serving her community as a church leader, person of service, and—now—a wife.
Building a Family Empire
Over the next three decades, the Jennings family would be busy—as church leaders, as individuals, and as a couple growing their rapidly expanding family.
There was the introduction of the Truth of God Radio Program in the 90s—a Gospel radio broadcast that aired in an international spot on Nashville, TN, station WWC and stateside on New Jersey’s WTMR.
Despite an early setback when the Truth of God Radio Program had its headquarters broken into, Pastor Gino and Sister Darlene were able to rebuild with the help of their congregation.
The Truth of God Radio Program now reaches as far abroad as Sierra Leone, West Africa.
The church itself would also expand to include locations in Alabama, California, Texas, Delaware, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, and New Jersey.
How many children does Pastor Gino Jennings have?
Building a family empire may have included a radio broadcast, an annual international baptism tour, and more than 50 worship locations worldwide, but Sister Darlene and Pastor Gino were busy behind the scenes, too.
From 1990 until early 2000, the happily married couple welcomed seven children into their family.
Their seven kids—three daughters and four sons—were all raised in their Philadelphia congregation.
They also all went on to work within the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in one capacity or another.
Gino and Darlene Jennings’ sons are named Terron, Gino Junior, Jordan, and Cameron.
Their daughters’ names are Brittni, Ceara, and Persia—with Persia being the baby of the family. She turned 22 in 2022.
In a 2021 interview, Pastor Gino Jennings shared that he doesn’t believe in taking an income as a pastor.
Adding that tithing should be dedicated towards building the house of God—and not his “own house”—he also shares:
“My wife and I have seven kids, so I work. It is not the church’s responsibility to send my kids to school or raise [them]. It is our responsibility as their parents.”
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