Sergeant John R. McKee began serving as a Corps officers for The Salvation Army of Loudoun County in Leesburg, VA, in June 2020. He considers himself to be a life-long Salvationist, having held most, if not all, local corps positions at one time or another. McKee remains an active member of The Salvation Army National Capital Band in Washington, DC, and has serving with The Salvation Army emergency disaster services, most notably serving first responders and investigators following the congressional baseball shooting a couple years back in Alexandria, VA.
Prior to pursuing his calling to full-time ministry with The Salvation Army, McKee worked for 14 years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. He first started working in high school and throughout college in restaurants, eventually working his way up to General Manager. McKee majored in Physics and Chemistry in college, which led to a career in software/IT and automotive quality assurance prior to his time at the FDA.
McKee comes from a family of Salvationists – his grandparents were Salvation Army Officers, as were several uncles, cousins, and his brother, who is currently stationed at The Salvation Army USA National Headquarters. McKee felt called into ministry as a young adult, but ran from it, wanting to go his own way. About seven years ago, he made the decision to finally submit to God’s will, and began the process of preparation for full-time ministry including extensive training programs.
Born in the Detroit metropolitan area, McKee gained a real love of the auto industry, and still has a keen interest in sports cars. He also is blessed with two brothers, a sister, three children, two step children, and three grandchildren.