Center in New York City, NY.
Dr. McLaughlin relocated in 2005 to continue her studies at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleight, NC; concentrating in Pastoral Counseling. In 2007, Dr. McLaughlin answered her “call” to ministry under the tutelage of Rev. Douglas Wooten, Rocky Branch United Church of Christ in Kenly, NC.
She worked for the Department of Public Safety for several years. She began her career as a correctional officer and served as a chaplain for the Department of Public of Safety. She had extended her duties as a chaplain in the hospital setting, where she worked at Wake Medical Hospital in Raleigh, NC and Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. She serves as an educator in a North Carolina public schools system.
She is currently serving as the first dedicated Victim and Witness Advocate at Salisbury Police Department in Salisbury, NC. She also serves as a Chaplain at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury, NC.
Dr. McLaughlin had received her Doctorate of Ministry in 2013 from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She published her dissertation Wounded Prisoners: A Cognitive therapeutic approach to behavior modification to bring about internal healing among inmates.
She serves as a Justice LED (Leaders, Engaging, and Developing) Regional Trainer for the Justice Witness Ministries for United Church of Christ (UCC). She is the co- chairperson of Church and Ministry of the Eastern North Carolina Association, UCC. Dr. McLaughlin serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern Conference, UCC. She serves as a member for the Southern Conference Women of UCC and she is a trainer for Global Ministries, UCC.
She is a woman of God who has stepped out in faith in many aspects of her life. She finds her most rewarding times when she can hold someone’s hand during his/her most difficult times and help explore their own faith in God. She would always remind you, “God does not put a period at the end of a sentence there is always a comma because God is Still Speaking.”
Dr. McLaughlin holds close to her heart a famous quote by Sojourner Truth, “I am glad to see that men are getting their rights, but I want women to get theirs, and while the water is stirring I will step into the pool”.