New pastor takes the helm of local Seventh-Day Adventist Church

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Livingston has a new pastor.

Jim Jenkins’ first day at his new post was Feb. 10.

Jenkins, 53, a resident of Bozeman, is pastor of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church there, and will now oversee the Livingston congregation as well. He takes over for pastor Rollin Hixson, who recently retired.

Jenkins, a Montana native who grew up mostly in Missoula, has been in the ministry over 18 years. He got his start when his pastor in Missoula encouraged him to get involved preaching in churches in the surrounding area.

That led to the Seventh-Day Adventist Conference assigning him to pastor a church in Havre. As part of that ministry, he was minister for the Fort Belknap and Shelby churches as well.

Jenkins remarked that driving from Bozeman to Livingston will be the shortest distance he’s ever had to travel between churches.

He and his wife, Sandy, have been married 32 years, and have three children, the youngest of whom graduates from college in May.

“The biggest desire I would have is that we would be able to be a valuable part of the community … understanding and meeting the spiritual needs in the community … to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Jenkins said when asked about goals for his new church.

Outside of the pulpit, “I am very much an outdoorsman … and I like to play golf,” he said.

Livingston’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church is located just south of town at 2 Church Drive, at the corner of U.S. 89 South and Guthrie Lane. Church services are held Saturday at 9:30 a.m., with Sabbath School at 10:45 a.m. For more information, call the church at 222-7598.