Brad McKinnon

Brad McKinnon

Associate Professor of History and Ministry
Dean of Students & Director of Field Education

Brad McKinnon joined the staff at Heritage Christian University in 2008. He currently teaches undergraduate history and ministry courses and serves as Director of Field Education and Dean of Students. 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 modern British history, American history, social movements, and religious history.

Brad has served as the preaching minister for congregations in Tennessee and Alabama and has participated in international mission work 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


“‘The Wall that Divides’: Mission and Race Relations in the Churches of Christ, 1967–1970.” In Reconciliation Reconsidered: Advancing the Conversation on Race in Churches of Christ. Edited by Tanya Brice. Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2016.

“Inclusion.” In Berean Study Series: What Real Christianity Looks Like (A Study of the Parables). Florence, AL: Heritage Press, 2016.

“A Holy Nation.” In Berean Study Series: The Church. Florence, AL: Heritage Press, 2014.

“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.

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

Professional Presentations

“The Legacy of Mission Journal: Reflections for a Missional Future” (Panel Discussion) at the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars’

Conference (Lipscomb University, June 9, 2016) “‘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) “‘Render to Caesar’: Mission, Partisan Politics, and the Churches of Christ, 1967-1970,” HGSA Spring Colloquium (University of North Alabama, April 21, 2012)

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

“‘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)

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