Vincent Jennings

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Vincent Jennings
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Missouri, District 7
High schoolWashburn Rural High School
Bachelor'sMissouri State University
BirthdayAugust 14, 1955

Vincent Jennings (b. August 14, 1955) was as an Independent candidate for election to the U.S. House representing the 7th Congressional District of Missouri. He dropped out of the race on November 20, 2013, and gave his endorsement to Jim Evans.[1]


Jennings was the son of an Air Force family.[2] In 1973, he graduated from Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, Kansas. Following graduation, he worked as a missionary until 1977. He then worked in the pizza business and attended the Longview campus of Metropolitan Community College in Missouri in 1981. In 1983, Jennings moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he served on the board of the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation in 1986. He opened an antique shop in 1992 and began attending Missouri State University in 1993. In 1997, he graduated with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in business. Jennings then ran in Missouri state and local elections. He also worked for the Springfield-News Leader for two years, at eBay in 1999 and in 2001. Jennings wrote, directed and produced the movie Abbey of Thelema in St. Louis, Missouri.[3][4]

Jennings was also involved in a religious cult for seven years. After leaving the cult, he worked as a cult exit counselor. He has also lectured on cults and is considered an expert in the field.[5]



See also: Missouri's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Jennings dropped out of the race in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 7th District. Jennings ran as an Independent.


Jennings ran unsuccessfully for county assessor in 2000.[3]


Jennings ran unsuccessfully in the 1996 election for the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 142.[3]


In 1974, Jennings married Sally Knipple. They later divorced, and he married Elaine Keithley in 1984. They also divorced. Jennings and Kathryn Keithley married in 2012. Jennings is the father of nine children. He has nine grandchildren.[3]

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  1. Facebook, "Vincent Jennings for Congress," November 20, 2013
  2. Information submitted on Ballotpedia’s biographical information submission form on October 12, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Facebook, "Vince Jennings for Congress," accessed October 23, 2013
  4. IMDb, "Abbey of Thelema," accessed October 23, 2013
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