I was writing the letter for our middle Tennessee ministry luncheon this morning and looking for a bio of our speaker - I hated to disturb him so I googled him. The info I found was pretty neat from a site called ZoomInfo.
But as I looked at his info, I knew that it was dated. He's worked with three congregations since the one that was posted. So I wondered if my info was on there and what it might look like.
Wow - when I typed Dale Jenkins into the info box it found 65 of me - now that's spooky! Six of them were really me - Editor at 21st Century, Preacher at Granny White, Mustang Radio personality, Speaker at CYC in 2004, board member at HCU, a couple of sites that list some of my sermons. But then there's the Dale Jenkins you don't know - and I don't either. I (he, they) am (is, are) the Vice-President of Kiwanis International, Player of the Year in '07 for the Albany Creek Crushers (a Rugby team in Queensland), CEO of a Medical insurance group (that oughta help the ole' self-insuring issue), a used car salesman (Maybe I can get the SKY), principal of a school in Japan, a college track star, a member of the board of trustees for the Cinicinnati Music Theater (yeah, sure), a patrol officer in Middleton (I guess I can arrest myself for impersonating anyone who knows anything about music), a lawyer in Dallas, TX (so I can defend myself for that unlawful arrest), and am presently employed at the Smithsonian. I have served in most every branch of the military, am listed as a minister in five different religious bodies and finished number 270 as a woman in the RiverBank Run 10K. No wonder I'm tired and confused :).
For those of you wondering: This site scourers internet sites for anytime a name is mentioned and creates a profile on any usage.
Truthfully in our fast-paced, consumer driven, needs incumbent society there are a lot of folks who really aren't sure who they are anymore.
Dale Jenkins - who is he really? He is a child of God's by His mercy and grace. He is a terribly flawed human (too big of an ego, too often talking more than listening, too many times guilty of acting without thinking and then just being flat out embarrassed) who could only define himself positively through Jesus Christ. He is a blessed husband who "out-kicked his coverage" and wonders how with what he was looking for he got so much more than he sought! He has two sons who love the Lord, and all he can figure, is he owes it to God and a good wife. He is a part of an extended family that has given him that which is "to be chosen above great riches". He gets paid more than he is worth to do something he loves with a passion. He is working with a group of People who are exceptional in a place that is a minister's dream. He has been given opportunities beyond anything he deserves and imagined he ever would. He gets to spend time with godly men who influence him to do right. He is blessed, thankful, amazed and looking forward to the future - whether here or THERE. That's who Dale Jenkins is.
Now, who are you?
PS - If you "Zoominfo" yourself share the fun results :)