Jack McKinney's Resume

Counseling Experience
Ministerial Experience
Academic Experience
Published Sermons
Published Articles and Op-Eds
Papers Presented


Pastoral Counselor                                                                         2013
Licensed by the North Carolina Board for Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselors  (pdf)

Doctor of Philosophy/ Ethics, Theology, and Church-State Studies                1995 Baylor University, Waco, TX
  Dissertation: When Is a Conscience a Conscience: A Baptist View of Selective           
  Conscientious Objection

Master of Divinity/Christian Ethics, Theology, and Church History                   1990
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX (4.0)

Bachelor of Arts/ Theology and Philosophy                   1987
Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX (3.95 GPA)
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Counseling Experience
Owner, McKinney Counseling & Consulting                                             2010 to present

Pastoral Counselor, Triangle Pastoral Counseling                                   2013 to present
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Ministerial Experience
Pastor, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC                           2000- 2009
  800-member congregation affiliated with the American Baptist
  Churches-USA and Alliance of Baptists

Senior Minister, Bethesda First Baptist Church, Bethesda, MD                   1997-2000
   250-member congregation affiliated with the ABC-USA and
   Alliance of Baptists

Interim Pastor, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (Gerald, TX) and                    1994-1997
First United Church of Christ (West, TX)
  Two-yoked UCC congregations with a combined membership of 125

Pastor, Plainview Baptist Church, Krum, TX                              1989-1991
   70-member congregation affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention

Pastor, Naruna Baptist Church, Lampasas, TX                               1986-1987
   40-member congregation affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention

Minister of Youth, Westwood Baptist Church, Nashville, TN                     Summer 1985
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Academic Experience
Lecturer, Religion                                                             1996
  Baylor University

Substitute Lecturer                                               1992-1994
  Baylor University

Facilitator, Seminarians Interacting Program                               1991
  National Conference of Christians and Jews
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The Independent                                              June 14, 2006
    “Best Sermon to Hear on Sunday Morning”
“The pulpit at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh has featured some progressive greats over the years (W.W. Finlator, Mahan Siler), and Jack McKinney is in that tradition. He’s preached well the gospel of social justice—and not just in the church, but on the street and in the halls of the legislature, as well—and he’s helped lead the fight against capital punishment in North Carolina. And with co-pastor Nancy Petty, McKinney and many of the Pullen  
congregants are in the forefront of the movement for equal rights for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender folk…”

Human Rights Campaign of the Carolinas                                    2005
   Equality Award

Triangle Business and Professional Guild                                    2003
   Straight Ally of the Year

Baylor University                                                     1991-1994
  University Scholar,

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary                                1990
  Robert A. Baker Award for the Outstanding Student in Church History

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary                                1990
  Albert Venting Memorial Award for Excellence in Theological Studies

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary                             1987-1988
  President’s Scholar,

Howard Payne University                                                 1987
  Summa Cum Laude Graduate

Howard Payne University                                                 1987
  Outstanding Theology Student in the School of Religion,
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Co-founder, North Carolina Religious Coalition for Marriage Equality
   An interfaith coalition of more than 200 religious leaders organized to support marriage
   equality for same-sex couples in North Carolina; to date North Carolina is the only southern
   state not to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Co-facilitator, Congregations for Social Justice
  An interfaith and interracial coalition of 25 congregations in Raleigh organized to advocate
  for social justice issues such as affordable housing and opportunities for those released from

Co-facilitator, United Church of Christ-Alliance of Baptists Clergy Dialogue Group
  A group of progressive clergy from around North Carolina who meet three times a year
  to discuss common issues and challenges; I facilitate the group with Rev. Stephen Camp,
  Conference Minister for the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ

Member, Institutional Review Board, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, 1998-2000
  The review board approved all protocols for animal testing for cancer and AIDS research
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Published Sermons
“Natural Theology,” The Ecozoic Reader, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2007

“The Christian Case for Gay Marriage,” Same-Sex Marriage: The Moral and Legal Debate, Editors Robert M. Baird and Stuart E. Rosenbaum, Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2004

“The Continual Call for Peace,” The Church Council Bulletin of the North Carolina Council of Churches, July, 2004

“In Need of Blessings,” Raleigh News & Observer, November 17, 2002

“The Lonely City,” On the Sabbath After: Messages of Hope Delivered on the Sabbath after September 11, 2001, Bertie Jeffress Powell, editor, Richmond, VA: Brandylane Publishers, 2002
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Published Articles and Op-Eds
CNN political anchor invites Dr. McKinney to participate in a community forum at Lenoir-Rhyne University - Charlotte Observer

"Whose Religious Views Should the State Choose?" Raleigh News & Observer, March 11, 2012
This piece opposes the constitutional amendment that defined marriage as only between a man
and a woman.

On a Mission for Equality - Midtown Raleigh News , November 6, 2010

“Adding Tolerance to the Law,” Raleigh News & Observer, April 8, 2009
  Support for an anti-bullying bill in the General Assembly

“Building Up Affordable Housing,” Raleigh News & Observer, September 26, 2008
  Taking issue with the Wake County Commissioners’ denial of an affordable housing project;
   a week after this piece was published the commissioners reversed their vote.

“Prayers for Peace, Hope for Support,” Raleigh News & Observer, August 12, 2008
  Highlighting the crisis in the Republic of Georgia, and the role of the Baptist bishop in that country,
  following the Russian invasion

“A Place for Justice – and Unity,” Raleigh News & Observer, December 25, 2007
  Co-written with Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr.; a piece highlighting the work of Congregations for Social    

“Truths that Power Bigotry,” News & Observer, November 25, 2006
  Demonstrating the historic similarities between racial bigotry and bigotry against gay and lesbian         individuals

"Hope on the Horizon," Independent Weekly, June 21, 2006
  Why same-sex marriages should become the law of the land

“N.C. Falls Far Behind in AIDS Treatment,” News & Observer, December 22, 2005
  Focusing on North Carolina’s abysmal record of providing assistance to those with HIV/AIDS

“The Bible and the Moratorium,” People of Faith Against the Death Penalty Newsletter, May 17, 2005; a piece arguing that the Bible provides ample support for a death penalty moratorium

“Rights Take a Beating in Two Senate Bill 8s,” News & Observer, March 28, 2005
  Arguing against a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage

“Lives without Meaning,” News & Observer, December 13, 2004
  A focus on the shallowness of American culture

“Who Should Lead Us?” North Carolina Christian Advocate, November 9, 2004
  Describing the qualities citizens should look for in candidates before making their vote

“The Healing Virtues of Virtues,” News & Observer, August 12, 2004
  Extolling the need for more humility, truth, and beauty in our world

“Christmas’ Message, Brighter Than Lights,” News & Observer, December 16, 2003
  A call for the church to oppose capital punishment and support gay rights

“A Brush with Bigotry,” News & Observer, February 22, 2003
  A statement about anti-Semitism in the church

“Minister Makes the Case for Comprehensive Sexuality Education,” The Newsletter of the Planned          Parenthood Association of America, September, 2002

“Neglecting Wake’s Children,” News & Observer, May 10, 2002
  Support for comprehensive sexuality education in Wake County schools

“King’s Liberties,” News & Observer, January 12, 2002
  Comparing the government’s violations of MLK’s rights with the potential violations of rights in the         post-9/11 world

“Progress with Cuba, Embargoed,” News & Observer, December 26, 2001
  Commentary on the senseless U.S. embargo against Cuba

“Bringing Out the Best in Religion,” News & Observer, September 28, 2001
  Advocating for greater interfaith cooperation after 9/11

“Diminishing the Commandments,” News & Observer, June 17, 2001
  Opposition to a bill that would require the Ten Commandments to be posted in all North Carolina           schools
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Papers Presented
When Is a Conscience a Conscience?: Roger Williams and Selective Conscientious Objection,   
  Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, American Academy of Religion, 1996

Why Baptists Make Good Pacifists, Annual Baylor University-Southwestern Baptist Theological
   Seminary Ethics Colloquium, 1994
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"Because our church is an opinionated and lively group (as are most churches), we knew we could benefit from some guidance in the “how-tos” of running healthy church meetings.

When the church leadership gathered, Dr. McKinney rooted our discussion in scripture which immediately reminded us that our meetings are still part of ministry and that our church’s story is part of a much larger picture. This gave us a theological understanding of the business-end of the church which was then followed by practical tips that we are ready to put to good use in our next board meeting.

It was just what we needed! Thank you."
-- Reverend Lea Slaton, Wilson's Mills Christian Church

Jack McKinney, M.Div., Ph.D.   312 W. Millbrook Road, Suite 109   Raleigh, NC 27609-4398    919.845.9977 Ext. 219

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