The Pastor

Rev. Dr. Alberta McLaughlin

Reverend Dr. Alberta McLaughlin is the Pastor of Sandhill United Church of Christ in Aberdeen, NC.  She officially assumed her current pastoral position on September 29, 2013.  She also serves as a Supply Pastor at Allen Temple Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, NC.

She is a native New Yorker, who now resides in Raleigh, NC.  She had accepted Christ at an early age while serving her childhood years at Community Church of Astoria, NY under the tutelage of Reverend Spencer Davis. Later, she moved her membership to Saint Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY, under the tutelage of Reverend Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood where she worked diligently as an Amethyst leader within the Women Ministry and the MAAFA.    

She heard the voice of God in the year 1998.  Therefore, she enrolled into New York Theological Seminary, in New York City, NY for two years to help discern her calling from God.  In addition, she attended the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  Dr. McLaughlin also worked with Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence as a crisis counselor for Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, NY. She spearheaded a Women’s Empowerment Group within the community of Astoria, NY, while also providing her chaplaincy services at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical 

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”.