Rev. John Herbert Jenner

Rev. John Herbert Jenner

“The Rev. John Herbert Jenner, ‘Jack’ to so many, was called home on Monday, June 1, 2020,” his family wrote in a tribute. He was 78.

He was born in Gloversville, New York on Dec. 9, 1941 to Richard and Dorothy Jenner.

His mother was the long-time school nurse at Guilderland High School, starting in 1953. Rev. Jenner attended the Guilderland schools from 1953 until his graduation in 1959 as salutatorian.

He was very active in sports and on the school newspaper, The Guilderland Journal. Though he moved from the area as did his parents who eventually retired to Caroga Lake, he kept close ties with many classmates and friends who are still in this area.

He graduated from Hope College in 1963 and received his master of divinity degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1967. 

The Classis of Schenectady licensed and ordained him and his first position was as assistant minister in First Church, Albany. He pastored Muitzeskill in Schodack Landing, New York from 1971 to 1977; in Clymer Hill, New York from 1977 to 1984; and in Hyde Park, New York from 1984 to 1989.

“Jack Jenner experienced the gift of a difficult life and through it learned the gift of bearing burdens with other people. While there are many stories that could be told, none of them are stories such as appear in newspapers,” the tribute said. “Jack’s encounters were all personal, each one dealing with some aspect of the pain and mystery of human life.

“Following his last pastorate, Jack’s life became one of encounters with individuals over a very wide geography. Through those encounters, be they a shared coffee or Bible study, Jack’s patient demeanor, love of God, and ability to share that love were a comfort and support to many. During the last while, he had begun sharing once again with groups, having established a regular bible study group at the facility where he lived, and doing Sunday worship there when requested.” 


Rev. John Herbert Jenner is survived by his brother, Peter, and his wife, Rosemary, and their two sons, Mark and Richard; one grand-niece and two grand-nephews as well as his daughter, Rachel Jenner.

As he wished, his body will be cremated and buried in the family plot in Albany.

A memorial service will be held for him at Faith Reformed Church in Slate Hill, New York where he was a member for the last number of years. The service time will be announced at a later date due to the pandemic.

Condolences may be sent to Peter Jenner, 2211 Riverlawn Dr., Kingwood, Texas 77339.

Memorial messages may be left at

Rev. Jenner requested that any gifts in his memory be sent to New Brunswick Theological Seminary, 35 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.


Wendy Dwyer
Joined: 03/20/2020 - 14:19
Condolences to the Jenner Family

I have many fond memories of the family from my younger days, the Jenners lived next to us and were very kind neighbors.
In my early 20's on a bike ride I stumbled on the Muitzeskill Church several miles from my apartment in South Schodack and was amazed to find Jack there as Pastor. It was such a nice surprise. So many decades have passed now, I send warm thoughts and light to all of you. Peace and Love, Wendy Dwyer


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