Clergy + Staff
The Rev. Dr. Chantal Morales McKinney
FOUNDING PASTOR + MISSION DEVELOPER
The seeds of this community of faith were planted in 2014 when Chantal began working towards a street ministry in Winston-Salem. Chantal and several lay leaders participated in this street ministry in 2015 and 2016 prior to it developing into a new church.
Chantal is a native North Carolinian with Mexican-American roots from High Point. She went to college at Appalachian State University. She received her Master in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and her Doctorate of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. She is an Episcopal Priest and has served churches in NC since her ordination in 2002. She began a street ministry with the support of the Diocese in 2014 which grew to include several Episcopalians in the Winston-Salem Convocation. Their going out into neighborhoods and deeply listening to the community led to a partnership with the NC Synod (ELCA) and a new church between both denominations.
Chantal is passionate about working with and among those who are marginalized and under-served. She is passionate about bilingual ministry, breaking down racial barriers, and practices asset based neighborhood development to grow new communities of faith. Her vision of mission is one that is mutual rather than top-down, and she seeks to honor the spark of the Divine in all people, regardless of beliefs.
She has enjoyed being with and teaching inmates through Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministry. More recently, she regularly encounters God by being with, teaching, and knowing those who are homeless, and by leaving the church walls to discover what God is doing among people in Southside.
In addition to being the founding pastor of this new community of faith, the Beloved Community Center, and Beloved Community Food Pantry, Chantal has developed, led, and spoken at workshops, trainings, and conferences on the topics of: mutual mission, street ministries, and mission with and among the very people that Jesus calls blessed. When time allows, she is available to speak, teach, or consult.
She is married to Bryson McKinney, who is a Certified Financial Planner at Pinnacle Financial and they have two wonderful children.
Emily is a Colorado native, turned Midwest transplant, now learning how to be a Southern Belle by drinking Cheerwine and rooting for team in the ACC, though she'll always have her Big 10 heart. She attended undergrad at Warburg College in Waverly, Iowa where she double majored in Education and History. She is currently working toward earning her Master in Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa as a Collaborative Distance Learner. Emily has been actively working in the Lutheran Church and Synod Ministries since 2005 as a Minister of Youth, Family, and Social Ministry/Outreach.
Emily delights in being in relationship with her neighbors and finding new and creative ways to engage and share the Gospel. She has been actively involved in building the ecumenical homeless ministry, City With Dwellings, in Winston-Salem and currently serves on the Board of Directors as well as Site Director for the Augsburg Overflow Shelter. Along with her love for community, Emily has a heart for Tanzania, calling Morogoro another home and leading short-term service teams to serve. To date, she has been to Tanzania 11 different times, each time leaving another piece of her heart. Emily believes that being church together is both our greatest joy and our greatest responsibility.
Emily is married to the wildly kind and hilarious John Norris. Together with their two dogs, Cash and Hank, and their cat Bowman they are enjoying life as a new-ishly married couple and learning how to navigate this big and beautiful world together.
Theo is from Brooklyn, NY and moved to Winston-Salem in his childhood. His first piano lesson was from his grandmother at age seven. He has studied piano, music, and psychology at UNC School of the Arts, Gardner Webb University, and Winston-Salem State University respectively.
Theo has extensive experience playing in community choirs and for a variety of churches and worship settings. He has been formed by and studied under a number of well regarded musicians: Jim Basta, Conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony, Audrey Loyal at the Curtis England Institute in New York, Clifton Matthews, and Jazz Master Tony Hayes. While studying in New York he played at Carnegie Hall.
Theo enjoys the opportunity to integrate the different styles and rhythms from Latin jazz ensembles with harmonies from current performing artists such as Robert Glasper and Jacob Collier.