Rev. Dr. Aaron P. Janklow
The Reverend Dr. Aaron P. Janklow serves as Executive Pastor at the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, Florida.
Dr. Janklow completed his Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in July 2017 and served as Assistant Minister at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, before joining the Royal Poinciana Chapel as Executive Pastor. Alongside Aaron’s academic experience, he has a heart for parish ministry and engagement in the community.
While born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Aaron grew up in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City. He is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Temple University, and first studied at the University of Edinburgh as a McFarland Scholar of the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia in 2002-2003, before returning to the University of Edinburgh for his Ph.D. nearly 10 years later. Aaron attended Princeton Theological Seminary, and has served as a Lilly Resident/Minister in Residence at the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan as well as churches in Florida, New Jersey, and Fortaleza, Brazil. This in addition to his most recent ministry, at St. Giles’ Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, the site of the Scottish Reformation in the 1500s under John Knox’s leadership.
Aaron is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) recognizing that he meets professional standards in higher education in the United Kingdom, and has presented at academic conferences around the UK, including Aberdeen, Durham, Edinburgh, and Oxford Universities. Aaron has also published sermons and book reviews in academic journals such as the Scottish Journal of Theology, Expository Times, and Lectionary Homiletics.
Aaron has a commitment to volunteerism and outreach. During his five years in Edinburgh, he volunteered weekly with Best Buddies, an organization that works with adults with learning disabilities. He has attended and led homebuilding trips both domestically and internationally, and values international travel. In addition to his other ministerial responsibilities, pastoral care has always been integral to his ministry. Aaron has made pastoral visits at every church and community he has been a part of, and he was also a Chaplain Intern at New York Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. Aaron has also served in Fortaleza, Brazil where he worked with Primer Igreja and the Presbytery of Ceara, and translated for American churches doing mission work in the area. Aaron is excited to draw upon all his previous experiences in serving Jesus Christ and making the Gospel known in the community and world through his ministry.