Pastor Michelle came to LOUMC on July 1, 2017 after a cross country drive with her husband and three cats.
Rev. McKinnon-Young received her Master of Divinity in 1990 from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., graduating magna cum laude, and was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church, North Georgia Conference in June 1992. Before coming to LOUMC, she served as the pastor in charge at First United Methodist Church in Bristol, Tenn., where she established Bristol Cooperative United Methodist Parish Association; coordinated and promoted Habitat for Humanity projects for the Cooperative Parish; and promoted congregational health. She also served as pastor adviser to the church-wide LGBTQ Reconciliation dialogue and education at FUMC, Bristol; merged two unique worship experiences into one blended worship service; and integrated professional coaching into all phases of pastoral ministry and church life.
Prior to her position in Bristol, she was the founding pastor from June 2011 to June 2014 of the English-speaking United Methodist Church of Prague, Czech Republic, in mission with Johnson City District of UMC and Czech District of UMC; Czech-Slovak Annual Conference, Central Europe. She implemented a university student program; developed an international English camp; and established English Club for Czech mothers and children while serving in Prague. She also hosted and supervised International Work Teams; founded an International Choir; instructed at the Czech Pastor’s School; and cultivated new and ongoing partnerships between churches in the United States and Europe.
“I want the church to be involved with life and the needs of the community,” she said. “I am interested in promoting the Gospel in and outside of church. Do you like to hike? Cook? We can form partnerships to explore those things. The best Gospel is experienced by engaging the head and the heart.”