Meet the Candidate
Rev. Joel McKinnon serves as the Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Angleton, Texas where the culture is one of community involvement and belief that as a community “we are better together”. Joel has led the church to become more involved in their relationship with Angleton Independent School District and the entire city. Some examples include: their adoption of Central Elementary, Community-wide Back to School Festival, City-wide Pumpkin Patch, and a Jingle & Mingle community gathering in December.
While these are just some of the outreach services that First UMC provides, they show the passion Joel has for the students and teachers in our district. These services include free: dental exams, health screens, eye exams, haircuts, backpacks filled with school supplies, hundreds of new pairs of shoes donated to Central Elementary for students in need, supplies for teachers’ classrooms, and opportunities to build relationships between families, teachers, and students. He also had the church start a Kid’s Night Out program once a month for students to gather in fellowship while providing time for families to rest, have a date night, or serve somewhere in the community.
In addition to the ways Joel is serving the district through his church he is also involved individually with several of the schools. These areas of service include: mentoring students, reading to classes, serving on the Advisory Board of Central Elementary, volunteering as a “Watchdog” at several of our elementary campuses, and offering a listening ear to many teachers. He has also formed a close and supportive relationship with several of the local daycares helping out wherever needs arise.
Outside of the work Joel is doing with the school district he volunteers as one of the Chaplains for the Angleton Police Department providing support for our law enforcement officials and community members when needs arise. He meet’s monthly with community leaders, pastors, police officers, fire fighters, EMS staff, and others to be informed of the happenings and needs in our community. He is an active member of the Angleton Rotary Club as well.
When asked what his priorities are in life, Joel responded: “Serving my Lord and Savior is my number one priority in life. My family comes second as I cannot imagine doing life without them. My wife Karen, Assistant County Engineer for Brazoria County, is a woman of remarkable faith and her support means the world to me. She was diagnosed with breast cancer this January and continues to minister to others. I am blessed. My son Hunter, a junior at the University of Oklahoma, is studying to be a Computer Engineer and has such an amazing heart for others. He is a part of the Leadership Team for the Wesley Foundation at school making me one proud father.
My daughter Lily, a third grader at Central Elementary, is an entertaining and sweet child that loves all people and is caring in all that she does. There is never a dull, or quiet, moment with this precious girl around. Then there is my youngest daughter Grace, who is four and is a part of Central Elementary and Kingdom Academy Daycare. She is our miracle child born with Spina-Bifida and defying all medical explanations with the accomplishments she is making. Her determination and strength will take her places in life and I can’t wait to watch.
First UMC is my extended family and the congregation that I am blessed to get to serve. I am so proud of how they have stepped out into the community to serve and in the ways that they are growing in their own faith walk. I look forward to serving the community with them for many years to come. Something many people may not know about me is that I spent thirty-six years working with students of all ages and I believe they are our most valuable resource in the world. Working together as a community we can have a profound impact on these beautiful students making sure that they are 1) safe, 2) eating nutritionally, and 3) reading at or above grade level.
I come from a family of public school teachers and have spent my life watching them pour themselves into their students. At times, they have not always felt appreciated and loved for their service to their students. Teachers and administrators have one of the most important jobs in the world and they deserve to have the full support of everyone. I believe that the greatest resource for our students to thrive are these educators. We need to thank them and pray for them everyday. We are blessed with some of the most amazing teachers I have ever seen right here in Angleton. I love this district! Go Wildcats!!!
Thank you for reading about our candidate. Please, look around this website, check out our Facebook page, or contact Joel directly to see what he is about and the love that he has for the Angleton Independent School District. Go Wildcats!
Election Date Change due to COVID-19.
On Tuesday, November 3, 2020 vote Joel McKinnon for AISD School Board, Position 4 (early voting – October 13th – 30th)