For the 2021 summer term, MacGregor Knight, a rising third-year student at Duke Divinity School, will be interning with RAFI-USA’s Come to the Table team. MacGregor holds a BA in Religious Studies from Appalachian State University and is pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Duke.
After completing his degree from Appalachian State, MacGregor found himself volunteering with a food pantry at a local United Methodist Church in Blowing Rock, NC. As he got more involved with the missional life of the church, he began helping the church create a faith-based social enterprise called Casting Bread Bakery. During this season, MacGregor was discerning a call to ministry and his passion for working at the intersection of the mission of the church and the needs of the local community led him to begin the candidacy process with the United Methodist Church.
At Duke Divinity School students must complete at least two rounds of field education. Through an interview process with Duke staff, MacGregor was matched with Come to the Table for his summer field education placement. This opportunity will allow MacGregor to gain experience working in a nonprofit setting and to learn more about issues of food justice, food insecurity, and the ways that the church is equipped to respond to those issues. Through this internship, MacGregor hopes to gain clarity into his call as a deacon by reflecting on how his ministerial gifts align with the work of a nonprofit like RAFI-USA.
In his position, MacGregor will assist and support the work of the Farm and Faith Partnerships Project (FFPP), which helps faith communities organize food and agriculture based programs. With FFPP, he will do regular site visits to partner churches and get the chance to learn about the current status of the relationships, but also ways that RAFI can provide continued support. MacGregor will also work with the CTTT team on planning the upcoming conference and will conduct participant interviews for the School for Food Justice, Faith, and Storytelling.
Outside of work, MacGregor enjoys watching and playing sports like baseball, basketball, and pickleball. MacGregor loves a good long walk accompanied by friends or an entertaining podcast. When not found on a walk or watching sports, you might catch him perusing the Triangle’s finest coffee and beer with his wife.