Utilizing the skills she honed in the corporate world, Jennie McKinney says she is at the happiest point of her professional career serving as communications coordinator at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in West Des Moines.
“I love talking to people, and I love my job,” she says. “I can’t hide that.”
McKinney, who joined St. Timothy’s as a church member more than five years ago, first served as a ministries coordinator. That job helped her get to know people at church, so that when McKinney became its communications coordinator she had a better feel for the job.
“I started by editing the newsletter and doing public relations and press releases and changing the look of our campaign to attract members,” says McKinney. “Then I launched a Facebook page for the church and began working on revamping the website.”
McKinney says serving as the communications coordinator at a church is different from her work in the corporate world.
“For starters, we are dealing with multiple generations of members, so we rely on a variety of formats to reach everyone,” she says.
As a member of the church’s paid staff, she has also grown to appreciate the efforts of volunteers who help the staff implement its plans throughout the year.
“This place runs on volunteers. We couldn’t do it without them. The key is not burning them out and finding things that they like to do,” says McKinney.
Getting to know those who attend St. Timothy’s is perhaps the best part of her job, McKinney says.
“I’m fascinated by people,” she says. “I want to get to know them, and I like to do that.”
That kind of inclusiveness, McKinney says, is part of the church’s overall mission to open its doors to everyone.
“If we proclaim that everyone is God’s children, then people have to feel welcomed to come and see what we’re about and to find their place in this house of worship,” she says.
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
1020 24th St.
Worship 10:15 a.m.
Childcare 8:30 a.m.
Formation for youth 9 a.m.
Children’s Ark 9:45 a.m.