Joel Pinson - Rector
I was born, raised and came to faith in Texas, but have lived all over the US - Washington, Colorado, Arizona and most recently, Oklahoma. I’ve been married to my engaging wife Jude for over 24 years and we have a creative, lively daughter named Ava. I’ve been a Anglican priest for over 7 years and I'm also a professional musician who loves the intersection of art, theology and faith. Although Charlotte is new to us, my dad hails from N.C. and is the resident Tarheel in our family. We look forward to ministering here in the Queen City and to doing the redemptive work of Jesus here in Charlotte. We believe the Lord has great things in store for K.O.K. and we're eager to see what story God might tell in and through our church! Email Joel.
Fred Pinkston - Assisting Priest
I was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Salisbury, NC. There at age fifteen I was confronted by an elderly woman named Miss Ola Brown. She put her hand on my shoulder and said, “One day you will be a priest of the Church.” For the next fifteen years I ran from Ola Brown, and I ran from God. In those years I graduated from NC State University, served as a Naval Officer during Viet Nam, and married Carolyn from Kansas. When the first of our three sons was born mentally handicapped Carolyn and I sought strength and solace in the Church. What we found was a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and the fullness of the Holy Spirit. That was September 1972; I was 30 years old. I was working in sales and management for a construction company in Columbia, SC. In 1975 I was elected president of the local chapter of Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship. In 1978 we moved to a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, and I entered Trinity School for Ministry. Three years later I became the pastor of Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church, Montgomery, AL. I was ordained a priest July 14, 1982, 25 years after Miss Ola Brown’s prophetic words. In 1985 I returned to business, moving to Charlotte, NC. During the years since I have been a bi-vocational priest. For two and a half years I served an intercity, predominantly African American, mission called The Chapel of Hope. Then I assisted at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church until 1998, when I left the Episcopal Church for other Anglican work. Carolyn, our oldest son, Frederick (in whom we have seen many miracles) and I are charter members of King of Kings, where we all still serve with great joy. Email Fred.
Ellen McNeill - Children's Ministry
I have moved 14 times over the course of my life so it’s hard to say where “home” is! I generally tell people I’m from Los Angeles but I graduated from UNC with my Bachelor’s in Child Development and am so very happy to be finding my home again in North Carolina. Through a faith upbringing of mixed denominations and many different church experiences, I have also now found a spiritual home in the Anglican church; I particularly love the beauty of the liturgy and the rhythm of the church calendar. I am currently pursuing my Masters Degree in Counseling with an additional certification in Play Therapy, and am honored to bring my passion for early childhood and my love for the Church to King of Kings as the Children’s minister. I believe whole-heartedly that the Lord has lovely and meaningful intentions for the children of the Church and I look forward to partnering with Him in bringing His plans to bear at King of Kings. Email Ellen.
Joel & Amanda Peckman - Youth Ministry
We met our freshman year while attending a small liberal arts college in the foothills of Tennessee. We have two happy boys, Soren and Christoph. We moved to North Carolina in the fall of 2014 when Joel started teaching at Gaston Christian School. We have had many different church experiences and are thankful for how each has shaped us. We are so glad to be in the Anglican tradition- the rhythms of the church bring us out of our own time and the liturgy has been so good for our faith. We love conversations, questions, good art, food with community and beautiful days outside. We are so excited to be walking alongside the youth of our church as they grow in faith. Email Them
Matthew Robinson - Pastoral Intern
I grew up in Atlanta, GA, in a Christian family, and went to an Anglican church for most of my childhood. The Lord worked in my heart during the summer before my 8th grade year, so that I came to a personal faith in Christ for the first time. I majored in Religion & Philosophy at Berry College (Rome, GA) for my undergrad, and am currently pursuing a Master’s of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary-Charlotte. I love reading and anything outdoors, especially hiking with my wife Katie.
Rhonda Reynolds - Administrative Assistant
Rhonda grew up in Loganville, Georgia. She moved to the Charlotte area from Birmingham,Alabama, her second hometown, 13 years ago with her husband, Jason, and daughter, Tanner. Caden, their son, was born in Charlotte. Rhonda loves coffee, meaningful conversations and experiencing the redeeming paradox of the gospel. Her background is in college ministry, professional development, and lay counseling. She is certified in The Allender Center's Trauma Storywork and as a personal coach to further fulfill her calling to create safe and meaningful spaces for women to relate vulnerably and authentically, in community. Working as Community Coordinator for King of Kings is another way Rhonda is thankful to be able to minister to the Body of Christ. Email Rhonda
Our Vestry is composed of servant leaders from within the congregation who help advance the mission and ministry of King of Kings. The 2019 Council is composed of Joel Pinson, Neil Moree, Dana Hurka, Ted Wolfe, Pam Shuford, Reid Satterfield, and Dana Thrash.