Rev. Dr. Wesley Keith McLaughlin is a uniquely gifted and powerful preacher, teacher and leader who utilize a holistic approach in ministering to the needs of family, congregation and community. Affectionately known as 'REV. MAC', he proudly serves as Senior Pastor of the Mount Olivet Baptist Church family and its affiliates.
A native of Danville, Virginia, he is the youngest of four children born to Rev. and Mrs. Ernest C. McLaughlin. He was educated in the Danville public school system, and graduated from George Washington High School. Upon graduation, inspired by his love for the sport of football, he accepted an athletic scholarship to Elon College, Elon, North Carolina. Rev. MAC received his call into the preaching ministry while at Elon, he was licensed to preach the gospel in 1974, and began his first pastorate at Berry Hill Baptist Church in Sinai, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Elon College in 1978, and married the former Pamela L. Holly, while serving his church through graduation. He was granted and accepted a full scholarship to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hampton, Massachusetts, in the Masters of Divinity Program, where he and his wife relocated.
Later he and his family relocated to Ft. Worth, Texas, where he accepted the pastorate of the First Independent Baptist Church, Corsicana, Texas shortly thereafter. While in Texas, he co-founded Chosen Generation Ministries where they traveled across the country and various parts of the world, singing and preaching the gospel. In 1984, he was called to Pastor the Mount Olivet Baptist Church, in Petersburg, Virginia. Under his leadership the church has witnessed growth in membership under its motto “Doing It God’s Way”. Additionally, to increase avenues of education he founded 'The School of the Prophets, a growth institute for preachers and teachers. The dynamic impact of this church is felt through Radio and Television Broadcasts, Prison Evangelism, and Outreach Services throughout the community. Rev. McLaughlin has led this ministry in the successful completion of the first two of a three-phase, multi-million dollar campus expansion, with the completion of Phase II, an educational facility with a gymnasium and banquet hall, and a full service garage.
Rev. McLaughlin is not only a dynamic Singer, Counselor, Evangelist and diligent Instructor / Trainer. He and his wife Rev. Pamela are the proud parents of one son, Rev. Jameson Keith McLaughlin and daughter in-law, Lady Phaedra McLaughlin.