Rev. Dr. Ruth McCants Locke

Rev. Dr. Ruth McCants Locke was born in Sumter, South Carolina to Presiding Elder Robert L.  McCants, Sr. and Maggie Herriott McCants. As a child she attended African Methodist  Episcopal Churches in which her father pastored in Columbia, South Carolina while growing up  with her siblings Dr. Sondra McCants Jones and Robert McCants, Jr.  

Dr. Ruth McCants Locke earned her Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Arts Degree from South  Carolina State University in Speech-Language Pathology. She went on to continue her education  as a post-graduate student at Ohio State University in Adult Neurogenic Communication  Disorders. Dr. Ruth McCants Locke continued her education to earn her Master’s Degree from  Payne Theological Seminary. While a student at Payne she was blessed to serve as the student  government president for two consecutive terms. She graduated from United Theological  Seminary in Dayton, Ohio earning her Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Education and  Urban Ministries. Her doctoral research focused on “Merging Technology and Traditional  Teaching Methods as a Means of Reaching Generation X.” 

Dr. Ruth McCants Locke is an ordained itinerate elder in the African Methodist Episcopal  Church. She was formally the pastor of Shaffer Chapel AME Church (Cambridge, Ohio), Holy  Trinity AME Church (Wilberforce, Ohio), St. Mark AME Church (Columbus, Ohio), and Zion  AME Church (Delaware, Ohio). Most recently, Dr. Ruth McCants Locke was appointed to serve as the Accountant for the Third Episcopal District of the AME Church under the leadership  of Bishop Errenous E. McCloud, Jr. She is the new pastor of St. John AME Church  (Worthington, Ohio).  

Dr. Ruth McCants Locke has been blessed to present the “Living Your Best Life Now  Conference for Women” which started in 2006. This conference brings together phenomenal  professional women to teach workshops that are designed to help other women make healthy  choices and changes in their lives. Dr. Ruth McCants Locke has been honored to be a workshop  leader and keynote preacher for various conferences. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha  Sorority, Incorporated and Columbus Chapter of The Links, Incorporated where she has served  as the Chaplin for many years, Strategic Planning Chair and currently serves as the Treasurer.  

Dr. Ruth McCants Locke is blessed to have a wonderful supportive husband, Major Jim Locke  III, who serves as a Chaplin for the Ohio National Guard. Chaplin Locke is a member of Alpha  Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. They both enjoy international travel and spending quality  time with friends and family. Dr. Locke and Chaplin Locke are blessed to have one son, Jimmie  Logan Locke IV, who is 12 years old. Logan is in the seventh grade, loves technology, horseback riding, and is a member of the Westerville Athletic Club Swim Team. Dr. Ruth  McCants Locke is a servant of God called to preach, teach, equip, and love.