Heritage Christian University

Heritage Christian University Real World Ministry

Brad McKinnon

Assistant Professor of History and Ministry
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Brad McKinnon joined the staff at Heritage Christian University in 2008. He currently serves as Director of Christian Service, Dean of Students, and Director of Chapel Programs and teaches undergraduate history and ministry courses, including the History of American Preaching and Practical Evangelism. He completed an M.A. in History from the University of North Alabama in 2012. His thesis, entitled “‘Weightier Matters’: Mission and Social Ethics in the Churches of Christ, 1967–1970,” examines countercultural movements of the 1960s through the lens of Mission, a Church of Christ journal published from 1967-1987. Brad’s research interests include early American history, social movements, and religious history.

Brad has served as the preaching minister for congregations in Somerville, TN, New Hope, AL, and Florence, AL and has participated in international mission trips in Canada, Fiji, Peru, and Vanuatu. He and his wife Bridget have three children, Jack, Sydney, and Drew. They are members of the Chisholm Hills Church of Christ.


M.A., History, University of North Alabama, 2012

M.Min., Freed-Hardeman University, 2000

B.A., Political Science, University of Memphis, 1995


“Joy in Right Thinking.” In Power Points for New Life: Philemon; Ephesians; Philippians (Winter 2008-09). Nashville: 21st Century Christian, 2008.

“I AM Merciful.” In I AM: A Study of the True and Living God, edited by Jeremy Barrier and Charles R. Webb. Florence, AL: Heritage Press, 2010.

Professional Presentations

“‘To See with Our Own Eyes’: Thomas Campbell and Religious Liberty,” Declaration and Address Conference (Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee, September 18, 2009)

“‘The Movement Lawyer’ and the Churches of Christ: The Influence of Restoration Theology on the Work of Fred D. Gray,” Graduate African American History Conference (University of Memphis, November 12, 2010)

“War or Peace: The Churches of Christ, the Vietnam War, and Mission,” Graduate Student History Conference (North Carolina State University, March 17, 2012)

“‘Render to Caesar’: Mission, Partisan Politics, and the Churches of Christ, 1967-1970,” HGSA Spring Colloquium (University of North Alabama, April 21, 2012)

“‘The Wall that Divides’: Mission and Race Relations in the Churches of Christ, 1967–1970,” Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars’ Conference (Lipscomb University, June 6, 2014)