Pastor Thomas J. McKinnon, Jr.


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Choice No. 1. Click here to read a profile of the man we have come to know and love since he came to us in 1994.

Choice No. 2. Read his latest monthly message, below.

Choice No 3. Call and make an appointment for a chat! (Oh, and be sure to call him "Tom!" It is what he prefers.)


Monthly Message From the Study of Donegal Presbyterian Church


         If your summer was filled with moments of tranquility, hikes in the woods, a dip in the ocean or just relaxing in your backyard, then count your blessings!  In case you have not been to church recently there are a few things you should know. 

         We had to cut down eight trees which were damaged by some type of wind shear event, on Wednesday, July 2.  The Marshall Family at Barb’s Hope House, had two of their cars buried under tree limbs, one large oak between the cemetery wall and church, fell across the driveway, ripping off a portion of the downspout and gutter.  The grounds were a mess!!

We weren’t done!  On a clear day, more limbs fell onto Donegal Springs Road with one snapping off our church sign.  All of the damaged trees have been removed.  Thanks to everyone that helped tidy up our grounds; your efforts were greatly appreciated! 

Our volunteers did a superb job preparing and serving lunches at the Columbia Presbyterian Church on Tuesdays.  Judy Kay Bard and Carol “Nancy” Osnato, introduced a wonderful book reading program to all the young people that were served.  Check the newspaper article in the Communication Center. 

As for me, I have been practicing for my high school jazz band, The Blazers, reunion concert on Friday, September 26.  It is part of the Class of ‘64’s, 50th reunion.  (My class is ’65). 

We will be dedicating a plaque honoring two of our music teachers who were “instrumental” in the creation of The Blazers, Hal Schiff (died in 1999) and Wes Diemer, who taught most of us in elementary school.  Wes is a ruling elder in the PCUSA!

My Blazer buddies are some of the best musicians around.  Many have played in and led the Commodores and the Airmen of Note, two of the best military jazz bands!  Other Blazers are playing professionally, teaching, and one is even a minister!  If you are interested in attending the concert, which is free and open to the public, please see me for details.  I believe the concert will start at 4 p.m.