Rev. Christopher McKee, Jr.

Senior Pastor

Rev. Christopher McKee, Jr.

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Senior Pastor

Christopher McKee, Jr. serves as senior pastor of The Church of Oakland (affectionately known as "The Oak") in Jacksonville, Florida.

Christopher McKee, Jr. serves as senior pastor of The Church of Oakland (affectionately known as "The Oak") in Jacksonville, Florida.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History with a minor in Religious Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from Youngstown State University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Yale Divinity School (New Haven, Connecticut) where he received the Mersick Prize for public speaking.  Pastor McKee is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Transformational Leadership at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (Rochester, New York).  Blessed with unique academic opportunities, Pastor McKee has studied on exchange at both the Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) and Cambridge University (Cambridge, England).


S
aved and baptized at the age of eight and called to preach at 18, Pastor McKee has been proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ for nearly 15 years in various pulpits across the United States and abroad.  

Committed to ministry beyond the pulpit, he has served on the boards of the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, Access Health Mahoning Valley and advisory boards of other community organizations. From 2013-2017 Pastor McKee served as senior pastor of the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Youngstown, Ohio.

On February 12, 2017, Pastor McKee received the call to lead “The Oak.” Pastor McKee brings to the pastoral ministry a sincere love of the Lord, a vision for social change and a divine calling to work toward the transformation of lives through the power of GOD’s Word.

The only son of Elder(s) Ann and Christopher McKee, Sr., Pastor McKee is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. He is blessed to share in the ministry of love and marriage with his beautiful wife, the former Éres Cristen Brown and together they are the proud parents of daughters, Karis Iman and Koryn Ivana.


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September 18, 2020

How do I manage the music, the sound and the noisy unlikable groove of tough seasons? Understand as a person of faith, my exilic circumstances, my struggles and my challenges, cannot prohibit me from being prepared to stand when everyone else is ready to bow – some songs we must not only dislike but we must skip and oppose.

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September 18, 2020

Holla if you hear me because like those receiving the prophetic words in the text, we live in a culture where we are full of GOD talk and not as much GOD Walk - The transgression of talking more than we walk It.

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September 18, 2020

GOD is the Farmer and Christ the Vine - GOD is setting us up for spiritual productivity as long as we make the commitment to remain in the Vine. 

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September 18, 2020

Blessings still come to those who GOD keeps in the wilderness. The barrenness of the season does not negate GOD's ordained blessings. The season might appear to be cursed, but that doesn't mean we are not blessed. 

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September 18, 2020

Crisis/Crises often result in turning point moments for us. This is true of our own personal crises as well as societal crises. 

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September 18, 2020

It is never too late to reset, refocus and restart. ‍We can begin again by: Confessing we have sinned by means of self-centered complacency, acknowledging that many of our loses and set-backs may have been caused by external forces, and Realizing GOD’s mercy and love transcend our shortcomings.

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September 18, 2020

Why? Because all of creation and all of the resources of creation belong to GOD as the Creator. Being shook by GOD’s presence brings humanity into a place of holy wonder and awe of the central place GOD should have in our lives. GOD disrupts our priorities so that we can be re-centered in GOD. Shaking is not the end goal, peace, restoration and GOD’s glory are. 

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September 18, 2020

Strength can be found through the following resources: The conviction stirred by prophetic proclamation, The anointing secured through aligning our priorities with GOD’s agenda, and The guarantee of GOD’s constant presence and covenanted promises

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September 18, 2020

David is not done traveling the journey toward kingship, but the temporary hold of the cave is over. Let us always remember no matter the gloom of the cave, it is never permanent, only preparation.

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September 18, 2020

Here's a few chewable nuggets for us to consider as we wrestle with what it means to operate with certainty in uncertain times: Receive the blessing GOD grants even the most frightening moments, Rest in the relief GOD gives even when we can't see our way, and Re-calibrate and move forward because the journey is not done. 

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September 18, 2020

A crucible is a time of extreme testing and challenge. Diamonds are forged in the earth, but refined through the process of cutting. What will this season expose about us?

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September 18, 2020

These are the ways I prepare for the floods of life: 1. I have to have a relationship with Jesus that surpasses flattery and is founded on a resilient faith - yes there are many of us who specialize in religious language but do not yield to a redemptive relationship with Jesus.

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September 18, 2020

As disciples we have a personal responsibility to inspect what we produce.

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September 18, 2020

There are 2 critical things we need to do to ensure we are caring for ourselves during this radically challenging season:1. Practice holistic self-care 2. Invest in and care for others

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September 18, 2020

We are called to move from a premise of revenge to operating as agents of restoration which is difficult and counter to our natural inclinations of paying others back for the wrong they have done toward us.

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September 18, 2020

Don't drown in the shallow-end of believing our own hype and press because your temporary resource supply appears to be limitless. 

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September 18, 2020

In Christ, we are blessed by association because having a relationship with Christ is based on the authenticity of our faith. We have a shared identity with the Redeemer, and because of this we are blessed with both eternal provision. 

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September 18, 2020

The blessing in the text is not regulated to the reality of the hearers' experiences but revealed through relationship with the Teacher; the blessing is in the Person, Jesus. In other words, Jesus is letting these hungry and weeping hearers know that their change is connected to accessing the words He is giving them.

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September 18, 2020

Sermon 1 in this series will tackle the Lucan Beatitudes with the goal of bringing these words of blessing back to earth a bit. I do not know about anyone else, but I desire to know that the blessings of the Lord, the fulfillment of the Lord and the goodness of the Lord are not just regulated to the great by and by, but that as a citizen of the realm of GOD I can access the blessed life even while passing through this rocky world.

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September 18, 2020

After Jesus calls the 12 Apostles (sent ones), Jesus engages them along with a diverse and large crowd of others. Specially, the ochlos (common crowd) and plethos (multitude). This language is important because Jesus's ministry is directed toward everybody; not just the elite. Not just the privileged. Not just those who think they are on the top of the heap, but everybody. 

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September 18, 2020

"It's Time To Speak" | Acts 4:23-31 ESV

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September 18, 2020

John 14:15-17 ESV If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you

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September 18, 2020

The Raven Is restless , flying in and out of the ark? – bad translations suggest the raven kept flying over the earth, no the raven kept flying back and forth between the ark and a deluged earth instead of being patient, strategic and faithful. Pursues rest and when the dove can’t find rest, the dove does not have a problem going back to where it is safe – I was provided for in the ark, I ate seeds and vegetation in the ark, the ark kept almost a year, so why get restless because the ark is different; diverse seasons require diverse provision; Noah I believe points us a bit to GOD in the text, when the dove can’t perch, Noah reaches for the dove and brings the dove back in.

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September 18, 2020

"Thriving in a Strange Land - Flourishing Beyond Our Setbacks" Exodus 2: 10-22, The Message

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September 18, 2020

When GOD remembers Noah, GOD:1. Begins the process of readying Noah to exit the ark and reconstitutes his purpose as the agent of a new Divine Covenant; Noah is preserved for a purpose.2. Breathes a fresh wind on the earth signaling that GOD's Spirit does show up in dead and confusing places with the ordering power of GOD’s life. 

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September 18, 2020

We shared on Sunday that edgy choices can be difficult. Decisions birthed in adversity are often the result of people daring to hold to hope, even when hopelessness is all around them. Jochebeb is an example of a person who makes a creative, innovative and life-giving choice all while contending with the potential for despair, devastation and death.

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September 18, 2020

Innovative and creative people are able to make edgy choices when faced with adversity. Thinking outside of the box can preserve life and enable us to partner with GOD's creativity. Moses's mother Jochebed defied Pharaoh and became a freedom fighter for her people. ‍

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September 18, 2020

"Trusting While We Wait" Lamentations 3:25-26 ESV, The MSG

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September 18, 2020

"I'm Sticking With God" | Lamentations 3:21-24 NLT and MSG

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September 18, 2020

The Resurrection of Jesus was and is a cosmos-altering moment. In Jesus’s rising from the grave, the grip of sin, hell and death upon humanity was/is destroyed for those who choose to embrace the resurrected truth of who Jesus is. Embracing the power of the resurrection is not momentary. It is not just about feeling good on Resurrection Sunday morning. Rather, it is about believing that the power of the Spirit’s life is always at work in the Church, the believer and the spaces we as believers occupy. Jesus is not only alive, but Jesus is the Life-Giver.

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September 18, 2020

These two followers of Jesus were walking away from Jerusalem with their doubts, sense of confusion and overall disbelief of the initial Gospel message of Jesus’s resurrection. In short, they were walking away from Christ.

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September 18, 2020

Lamentations is a collection of 5 laments, or psalms of lament. To lament means to wail, to mourn or to weep. Attributed to the weeping prophet Jeremiah, Lamentations sings the sad songs of a people who have been battered by a foreign power, Babylon.

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September 18, 2020

No one likes to go to tombs; dead places. But the miracle of Resurrection Sunday is that confronting death can result in experiencing new life. New life can only be discovered when we press past our fears and dare to go to the tomb. As much as we fear the tomb, we must face the tomb in order to encounter the Good News of a resurrected Christ.

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September 18, 2020

There are circumstances, crowds and conditions that will seek to silence our ability to praise God, but Disciples always find a reason to offer God praise despite the opposition of outside detractors and distractions; and at a time like this legitimate disappointments.