COMMITMENT BEYOND SELF
Michael Douglas Jenson was born and raised in West Baltimore, Maryland, A native Baltimorean and widower, Michael Jenson graduated from Carver Vocational Technical High School in 1968 and raised six children in Baltimore City.
In the 1970's Michael Jenson was chairman of the Inner City Credit Union, employed as a Real Estate Agent for Senator Clarence Mitchell, and with an Entrepreneurial Spirit, started a successful concrete and brick masonry construction company. He is currently a licensed and bonded contractor. His career in the Baltimore City Fire Department began in 1972 when he was assigned to Engine Company 58 after graduating from the Fire Academy. He was promoted as an Emergency Vehicle Driver (EVD) in 1978 and served at Truck Company #5. He was then promoted to Sr. Lieutenant from 1980-2010 and served as Company Officer at Truck Company #18 and #22. In the 1980's he was also a licensed boxing promoter of "Baltimore's Best Boxing".
He retired in December 2010, finishing his career at Truck Company #27. Over the course of his successful career, he has earned multiple Distinguished Service Awards and received eight Distinguished Unit Citations.
In 1999, Lieutenant Jenson became an ordained minister and was called to the ministry at Canaan Baptist Church. He serves today as the Associate Minister of the New Carmel Star Baptist Church at Baltimore and Monroe streets located in Baltimore City. He is the talk show host of the award winning radio broadcast "Chatting with the Chaplain", which can be heard Tuesdays at Ten o'clock on WOLB 1010 am.
Reverend Jenson returned to the Fire Department in 2013 as Chaplain, and frequently ministers to active duty and retired members. He has been an asset to the Chaplain Corps, responding to numerous fire grounds ad other incidents, and has helped countless firefighters with spiritual needs.
In 2015 he was appointed the International Chaplain of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters, awarded the Father Stanley Schwind Award in 2018 and was promoted to Deputy Commander Champlain in 2019.