Antioch’s leadership views ministry as service to God and to the people of God. They are leaders who seek God’s guidance and direction. Ministry meetings always begin and end in prayer. Ministries are led in the manner of Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Reverend Merle D. McJunkin

Rev. McJunkin came to us from Grace Baptist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia, PA, where he was the Assistant Pastor and Minister of Christian Education for 13 years. In this position, he served as staff to over 30 educational and mission ministries, and led the establishment of the Grace Institute of Christian Education. An engaging speaker, Pastor McJunkin has taught and/or lectured at many institutions including: Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Manna Bible Institute, American Baptist Churches National Black Church Education Conferences, the Pennsylvania State Baptist Congress of Christian Education, the West Philadelphia Congress of Christian Education, and the Eastern District Congress of Christian Education.
As pastor of the East Glenville United Methodist Church, Pastor McJunkin led the church’s redevelopment efforts, launching new children’s, youth, education, and outreach ministries while renovating the church building.

Pastor McJunkin is a graduate of Ohio University. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Eight Characteristics of Christian Transformational Leaders

1. Patience – maintaining a long-term perspective and staying committed to goals in the face of short-term obstacles and resistance. (Colossians 1:10-12)

2. Gentleness – dealing with vulnerabilities, disclosures and feelings others might express without harshness, hardness or forcefulness. (1 Peter 3:15-16)

3. Teachableness – operating with the assumption that one does not have all the answers, all the insights; valuing the different viewpoints, judgments and experiences others may have. (1 Corinthians 12:28-30)

4. Kindness – remembering the little things (which are the big things) in relationships; being sensitive, caring and thoughtful. (1 Corinthians 13:4)

5. Openness – assimilating accurate information and perspectives about others’ potential while affirming who they are now, regardless of what they own, control or do; giving full consideration to their intentions, desires, values and goals rather than focusing exclusively on their behavior. (Matthew 18:15-20)

6. Compassionate Confrontation – acknowledging errors, mistakes and the need for others to make “course corrections” in a context of genuine care, concern and warmth; making it safe for others to risk. (1 Peter 3:8)

7. Consistency – congruity among successive acts, ideas or events to that one’s leadership style becomes a set of values, a personal code, a manifestation of one’s character, a reflection of who one is and who one is becoming; not a manipulative technique brought into play when someone does not get his or her way, is faced with crisis or challenge or is feeling trapped. (Ephesians 5:8-10)

8. Integrity – matching words and feelings honestly with thought and actions, with no desire other than for the good of others and without malice or desire to deceive, take advantage, manipulate or control; constantly reviewing the intent as one strives for congruence. (Titus 2:6-8)