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Maxton Native Named Baccalaureate Speaker at St. Andrews

Laurinburg, NC, April 11, 2009 --( Laurinburg, N.C. - Retired pastor and Maxton native Rev. James Hawley McKinnon Jr. has been named the speaker for the Baccalaureate Ceremony at St. Andrews Presbyterian College on May 8.

“I am grateful for the privilege of sharing in the Baccalaureate service,” McKinnon said.

Born in Maxton, McKinnon was educated at Wake Forest University and Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va. Ordained on Nov. 18, 1968, he served churches in Fayetteville, Morehead City and Charlotte before accepting the pastor position at First Presbyterian Church of Wilson in 1980.

McKinnon retired in 2006 from the fulltime position and now serves as supply pastor of the Pinetops Presbyterian Church in Pinetops, N.C. He has served as a trustee at Queens College, Union - PSCE and on the board at Barium Springs. He has also served on various Synod, Presbytery and agency boards and committees.

Married to the former Louis Cherry of Tarboro, the McKinnons have two sons and three grandchildren.

The Baccalaureate ceremony will also feature four student worship leaders, Joanna Hipp, Kanny Bright, Kyle Loda and Thomas Martin. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. on May 8 in Harris Courts of the Physical Education Center.

About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
An innovative and bold academic venture to an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship have marked the distinctive character of St. Andrews. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews Oonline.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to

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