Rev. Dr. Ruth
McCants Locke was born in Sumter, South Carolina to Retired Presiding Elder
Robert L. McCants, Sr., and Maggie Herriott McCants. She attended the African Methodist Episcopal
Churches where her father pastored in Columbia, South Carolina.
earned her Bachelor and Master of Arts Degree from South Carolina State
University in Speech-Language Pathology. She continued her post-graduate studies at
Ohio State University in Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders. She went on to earn her master’s degree from
Payne Theological Seminary and her Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christion
Education from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. 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 first female pastor of St. John AME
Church, in Worthington, Ohio.
Dr. 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
Chaplain, Strategic Planning Chair, and Treasurer.