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Ray McKinnon


Ray McKinnon is a graduate of John Wesley University and serves as the pastor of South Tryon Community United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. Ray is married to V. Kelly McKinnon. Together they are the parents to four boys (Quinton, Alex, Malik, and Mikel), a cat (Baxter), and a dog (Sebbi). They live in North West Charlotte in the Sunset Oaks community. He moved to Charlotte in 2012 for a job at University City United Methodist Church. Ray is passionate about community advocacy—particularly surrounding affordable housing, criminal justice reform, and equity (racial, gender, sexuality). Realizing that the work of the Leading on Opportunity Council is generational work, Ray is committed to roll up his sleeves to see that the recommendations of the Opportunity Task Force are implemented.

Boards and Involvement:


Co-Vice Chair, Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Justice and Reconciliation Team

Member, WNCCUMC Dismantling Racism Task Force

Peace with Justice Coordinator, WNCCUMC

Member, Committee on the Status and Role of Women, WNCCUMC

Founder and Vice-President, New South Progressives

Member, Black Political Caucus

Member, Mecklenburg County Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents

Past-President, Oakdale Elementary School PTA

Member, Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice

Past Board Member, Exodus Homes


DNC Committeeperson, The Democratic Party

Delegate, Democratic National Committee Convention, 2016

Member, NCDP Executive Council

Member, NCDP State Executive Committee

Past President, Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County

Member, Mecklenburg County Democratic Party (MCDP) Executive Committee

Past Third Vice Chair, MCDP

Precinct Chair (PCT 222), MCDP