Born July 8th, 1951 in Greenwich, Connecticut, Peter Jenkins is the eldest of the six children of Frederick and Mary Jenkins. He graduated from Greenwich High School in 1969. He attended Woodstock in summer of 1969. In 1973, Jenkins graduated from Alfred University with a BFA, majoring in Sculptor/ Ceramics.
On October 15, 1973, Peter Jenkins began his Walk Across America in Alfred, New York. It ended in mid-January of 1979 in Florence, Oregon.
For over twenty years Peter Jenkins has been one of the most popular speakers in the United States. After interviewing Peter, Larry King called Peter Jenkins 'One of America's greatest story tellers.' He has spoken and inspired audiences from ten thousand to fifty people from coast to coast. As one leading newspaper said recently, "If anyone can feel the pulse of America, it is Peter Jenkins."
When not traveling and exploring he lives on a farm in middle Tennessee. Peter Jenkins is the proud father of six children, Aaron, Brooke, Rebekah, Jedidiah, Luke and Julianne and is married to the former Rita Jorgensen of Michigan.