Cedarville Stories Podcast: Informed in the COVID-19 Storm

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by Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager

He has become one of the leading infectious disease experts in Ohio, and media from around the country have come to depend on his well-informed insightful comments about the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Zach Jenkins, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has been interviewed more than 60 times by media from around the country. His calm demeanor combined with a clear presentation of the facts have made him a voice of reason that many have found helpful and comforting.

Zach has found the whole experience humbling. How could a man who didn’t really enjoy learning about infectious disease in pharmacy school become someone so sought after for his infectious disease insight? But, by the Lord’s plan and design, he received input from respected instructors who helped him develop a love and interest in the field.

“God positioned me to be here right now,” Zach said. "That’s been an amazing thing to think about.”

Zach appreciates being a calming influence sharing the latest data, but the source of his calm is his relationship with Christ. Scientific data is important in navigating the pandemic, but it’s Christ alone who can keep us steady and focused through this health care storm. 

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Zach has participated in a number of Cedarville town halls, offering the latest information on the pandemic. One of his favorite town halls also featured Mark Caleb Smith, professor of political science and director of the Center for Political Studies, talking about the economic impact of the coronavirus response.

Psalm 91 has been a go-to Bible passage for Zach, keeping him centered on the Lord in the midst of this public health crisis.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,380 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Doctor of Pharmacy program, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.