Rev. James K. McKnight is a person who has a God given ability to engage diverse audiences. Whether teaching the rich truths of the Scripture to the young and "young at heart" in church pulpits, sharing words of comfort and hope after a death has occurred, facilitating one of his communication skill building workshops, or just praying passionately for a brother or sister in need, his words are impactful.
Pastor McKnight is a native Angeleno; the son of Helen Saunders McKnight and the late James W. McKnight. A graduate of Palisades High School, Pastor McKnight enrolled in Pitzer College, Claremont, California where he obtained a B.S. in Economics. After graduation, he worked in Merchant Banking as a Financial Analyst and later as a funeral industry sales and training professional
After receiving the call to the Gospel Ministry, he has served in a number of capacities and received valuable teaching and training at the School of Theology at Claremont and Fuller Theological Seminary. He has been a Men's Ministry Leader, Youth Pastor, Founding Pastor and Senior Pastor. Since 2005, he has served as the Senior Pastor of the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship.
Pastor McKnight has also worked in the community as a Board Member for the Kedren Head Start and the Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital / Community Mental Health Center, as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department Clergy Council, as a consultant with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Office of AIDS Programs and Policies, as a supporter of 2nd Call, as a mentor and workshop facilitator in the See Your Potential Academy program for the Watts Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club and as a member of numerous community outreach initiatives. He is also a member of Xi Boule.
He is married to the former Denise Mozee. They are the proud parents of two blessed daughters, Jade Erin and Rachel Ryan