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Connectional Young Adult Ministry, President

Amina S. McIntyre

Rev. Amina S. McIntyre is the 2016-2020 Connectional Young Adult Ministry President. An Atlanta native, she received her BA from Colby College, MA from Indiana University, MFA from Spalding University and MTS from Emory University. McIntyre has had many theatrical productions and readings, and served as Managing Director of Karibu Performing Arts and Director of Specialized Ministries GA North Region (6th Episcopal District) McIntyre is an ordained Elder in Full Connection the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church,) and a Ph.D student in Religion at Vanderbilt University. McIntyre develops scholarship, births crafts, and curates creative spaces that interrogate spirituality and the arts. 

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Author, Actor, Activist, Advocate & Speaker

Kuntrell OBryan Jackson

Kuntrell Jackson was born on November 1, 1985 in Blytheville, Arkansas, where he grew up in a public housing community devastated by the prevalence of drugs, guns, and violence. His life was filled with turbulent times, and by the age of 14, Kuntrell found himself involved in a tragic incident surrounding the attempted robbery of a video store. Kuntrell, who initially chose to stay outside of the store, decided to enter just as another boy shot and killed the clerk. His presence at the scene left him tried as an adult and convicted of capital murder, receiving a mandatory life sentence without the chance of parole.


With the involvement of Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Kuntrell would
become one of the plaintiffs in a 2012 case challenging his sentence (Jackson v. Hobbs and Miller v. Alabama). EJI took his case to the Supreme Court and in June 2012, in a divided opinion, the Court issued a historic ruling, holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for children are unconstitutional. He was eventually re-sentenced, released, and supported through his societal re-entry process through EJI’s Post-Release Education & Preparation (PREP) program.


Today, Kuntrell is an outspoken activist, author, advocate, and highly sought out
speaker who travels to universities, churches, school systems, and nonprofit
organizations. He is fulfilling his purpose by speaking to audiences regarding young
children in America who are deeply affected by abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence, and poverty leading to mass incarceration.  Kuntrell is strategically involved in the fight for prison and sentencing reform and the fight against stringent parole conditions and the lack of support for those re-entering communities, which lead to high recidivism rates.

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Comedian

Kevin Johnson, Jr.

Kevin Johnson Jr.  was born and raised in Warsaw NC, to Kevin Sr. and Demoris Johnson. Kevin is a multifaceted Entertainment personality. He specializes in making life funny. His unique personality stands out from anyone in the room. Known to his friends as the life of the party, Kevin thrives on ensuring that everyone who experiences his God given gift will be changed and healed through laughter. He considers himself a laugh therapist. Kevin’s main goal in life is to Please God by compelling others to the great commission. He’s a class act and is contagiously hilarious. He currently serves as a substitute Teacher in the Huntsville city school system; which is where most of his comedic material stems from. Kevin is know for his many songs and nuances such as “A Very Churchy Christmas” Album, The Better Praise, and The most popular “The Praise aka BRING RETHA BACK”. His ultimate life goal is to always “Make Life FUNNY”.

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Comedian

Renard Hirsch

Renard Hirsch is one of the most versatile performers in the entertainment industry.  After graduating high school Renard continued his education at Tennessee State University where he fell in love with the world of theater, His previous theatre performances include,  A Raisin in the Sun (George/Moving Man), Seven Guitars (Red Carter), Blues for an Alabama Sky (Dr. Sam Thomas), The Piano Lesson (Doaker), and Waiting to End Hell (Alvin).  As a poet Renard has been featured on numerous recordings and at spoken word events and has recently released a comedy/poetry album called “Cometry”.  His film credits include The Green Mile, The Civil Brand, Drumline, Lincoln Heights, Hancock, Love, Life, and Hollywood, and Love at the Christmas Table.  In the world of radio he has been heard as a guest on WFSK, 92Q, 101.1 The Beat, and Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell. After working as an actor Renard learned the true art of performance and was encouraged by many of his friends to attempt stand up comedy. As a stand up comedian, Renard has performed at the World Famous Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, Zanies, Improv, Sidesplitters, Ha Ha’s Comedy Café and StandUp Live.  As a comic he has appeared on BET’s “A Time to Laugh” “Comedy Night at Music Village”, Nephew Tommy’s Uncontrolled Comedy, Thicker Than Water, and Get Up with Erica Cambell. Renard has shared the stage with Comedy Legends such as Bruce Bruce, Rodman, Jim Breuer, Deon Cole, Sommore, Arnez J, Kevin Hart, and the late Dick Gregory.  Renard is the head of RedCarter Booking, a comedy booking service for comedians. He also performs as a comedian in residency at the Joker’s Comedy Club in the Atlantis Hotel every year. Renard’s style is very versatile, he can reach any audience, whether he is telling jokes in the smallest hole in the wall club or in church, he can reach you wherever you are.  

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