John W. Kinney, a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marshall University, and Virginia Union University School of Theology and a Ph.D. from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary in New York.
He is distinguished as a systematic theologian, academician and administrator. Under his leadership as Dean of the School
of Theology at Virginia Union, the Doctor of Ministry Program was established, the Master of Divinity Program experienced
unparalleled growth and the Continuing Education program was expanded.
He also serves as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Beaverdam, VA. Additionally, he has served as Assistant Professor of Theology-Chicago
Theological Seminary; adjunct faculty at Randolph Macon College, Ashland, VA; Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA and the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.