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  • Reverend John McKnight Jr.


    Pastor John McKnight Jr. has been serving South Maple United Methodist church since August of 2007.  Prior to that Pastor John served as pastor of churches both in South Dakota and North Dakota.


    He was born in the western South Dakota town of Edgemont where he grew up and graduated high school.  Pastor John attended Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell where he received his bachelor’s degree.  He went on to receive his Masters of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in Denver.  Pastor John has also completed four units of clinical pastoral education, and The Two Year Academy of Spiritual Formation from The Upper Room.


    Pastor John is married to Cheryl.  John and Cheryl’s daughter Alicia is also a member of South Maple and a resident of Rapid City.  John enjoys spending his free time on his bicycle, and recently completed his first triathlon.  John, is also an avid amateur chef enjoying time in the kitchen.