Jordan McKinney has been nominated for election as president. He describes himself below:
Jordan McKinney was born in Lindsborg, Kansas. As a youth, he delighted in learning about paleontology and other sciences. Meeting Robert T. Bakker at a young age was a highlight. He earned a Bachelor degree in Religious Studies from the University of Kansas. While primarily focused on East Asian contemporary Buddhist developments, Jordan studied biblical texts and the Dead Sea Scrolls under the then-controversial atheist professor Dr. Paul Mirecki (Mirecki served as a direct assistant for Dr. John Strugnell, a lead researcher on the Dead Sea Scrolls project).
After completing fieldwork in Taiwan at the Fo Guang Shan monastery, Jordan transitioned from “questioning skeptic” to “agnostic atheist”, supported by his wife, Mandy, and numerous friends from the KC secular community. In 2015, he was awarded a Doniphan Fellowship for successful completion of the Doniphan Leadership Institute. He has performed leadership work with multiple secular groups in Kansas City, as well as leadership work for multiple progressive, female-led political campaigns. At present, he serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors of Kansas City Atheist Coalition. Jordan currently resides in Liberty, MO with his wife, daughter Olivia, two dogs, and two fish.
“It’s my goal to serve Kansas City by making this a place where nonbelievers, skeptics, and atheists can be known as such without stigma. I’m a firm believer in the separation of church and state and I have a strong appreciation for the years of dedicated work by KCAC to carve out space for atheists to be recognized in the positive manner they deserve. I also believe very strongly in the work the entire secular community of KC has done to welcome and support the LGBTQIA community. My leadership style is empowerment of all my constituents through a servant approach. If elected President of KCAC, it will be my job to clear the way for the leaders and membership of KCAC to be amazing and do their best work.”
If you would like to submit a nomination, please refer to the details for how to do so here.