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Dr. Wesley Keith McLaughlinpastor2wespam

Dr. Wesley Keith McLaughlin, is a uniquely gifted and powerful preacher, teacher and leader who utilizes 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 affliates.

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, and numerous titles and awards, he accepted an athletic scholarship to Elon College, Elon, North Carolina. Rev. MAC received his call into the preaching ministry while at Elon, was licensed in 1974, and began his first pastorate at Berry Hill Baptist Church in Sinai, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion for Elon College in 1978, and married the former Pamela L. Holly, 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 shortley thereafter.  While in Texas, he co-founded with Chosen Generation Ministries.  This ministry has traveled across the country, as well as several parts of the world, singing and preaching the gospel. In 1984, he was called to Pastor the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, in Petersburg, Virginia.  Under his leadership motto, "Doing It God's Way," the church has witnessed tremendous increase in membership, ministries and a tour bus company. Additionally, to increase avenues of educaton he founded 'The School if the Prophets, a growth institute for preachers and teachers and a christian academy with a daycare center.  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 of a three-phase, multi-million dollar campus expansion, with projected completion of Phase II { two additional buildings} in June 2008, an educational facility with gynasium 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  Pamela, are the parents of one son, Jamison Keith McLaughlin.    



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