Faithful Progress is a blog written by progressive, politically-engaged faith leaders who are seeking to equip and inspire readers to actively embody the values of their faith to create a more just and equal world for everyone. Currently, the blog is contributed to by the following faith leaders:
Rev. Brandan Robertson is a noted author, activist, theologian, and pastor, working at the intersections of spirituality and social renewal. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, CA and is the host of the Quest Podcast. A prolific writer, he is the author or contributing author to nine books on spirituality and theology. Named by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the top faith-leaders leading the fight for human rights, Robertson has worked with political and social leaders around the world to end conversion therapy and promote LGBT+ rights. Robertson received his B.A. in Pastoral Ministry and Theology from Moody Bible Institute, his Masters of Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology, and is pursuing his Masters in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University. He currently resides in San Diego, CA.
Rev. 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 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. Ray is passionate about community advocacy—particularly surrounding affordable housing, criminal justice reform, upward mobility, and equity (racial, gender, sexuality). To those ends, Ray is a commissioner at the Charlotte Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, a member of the Leading on Opportunity Council, Co-Founder of New South Progressives, President of the South Tryon Community Development Corporation, Co-Vicechair of the Justice and Reconciliation Team of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, a Committeeman at the Democratic National Committee, among other areas of service.