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Winston-Salem, NC (June 6, 2022)—The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina has named Rev. Kenneth A. Pettigrew Executive Director of the Winston Lake Family YMCA. Rev. Pettigrew will oversee all operations of the Winston Lake Family YMCA and will coordinate all community partnerships through the branch. He will start his role on July 18.

Kenneth PettigrewPrior to joining the YMCA, Rev. Pettigrew served as Chief Operating Officer of the Winston-Salem Urban League. Earlier in his career, Rev. Pettigrew served as Coordinator of Faith-Based Community Engagement and provided leadership for the Place Matters Initiative at the United Way of Forsyth County.

“Kenneth has a deep understanding of the importance of maintaining strong relationships and building new networks within the local community,” said YMCA of Northwest North Carolina President and Chief Executive Officer Darryl Head. “He also has strong organizational and operational skills. I believe Kenneth is the ideal person to lead the Winston Lake Family YMCA, and I look forward to working closely with him.”“

I am thrilled to lead the Winston Lake Family YMCA in this season of transition as it grows into the REACH Center, a comprehensive program designed to provide Resources for Economic Development, Academics and Community Health,” Rev. Pettigrew said.  “As the REACH Center, the gifts, skills, and needs of the community will guide us as we seek to support self-determined communities in reaching their God-given potential.”

Rev. Pettigrew received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2013 and a Master of Divinity degree from the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 2016. He is studying to receive a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Columbia Theological Seminary with an anticipated graduation in 2024.

About the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina engages more than 115,000 men, women and children annually – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in communities across seven counties, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.





Our Mission: "Helping all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body."