St. Jude MCC
Rev. John A. McLaughlin, Sr. Pastor
Carol Leininger, Office Administrator
Board of Directors
Linda Dail, Finance
Michael Fulp, Finance
Dawn Greenberg, Clerk
John Lankford, Fundraising
Michael Moore, Building & Grounds/Risk Mgmt
Dwayne Thomas, Vice Moderator
Tom Janicki, Consulting Treasurer to the Board
Dallas Midgette, Lay Delegate
Tim Corbett, Stewardship
Leeann Carpenter, Deacon Emeritus
Richard Kirkpatrick, Choir Director
Donna Merritt, Pianist
Jimmy Taylor, Organist
And the numerous & wonderful musicians who comprise the choir, Worship Arts Team...
And those who help lead us in worship and fellowship each week (greeters, ushers, readers, Communion servers, brunch & supper teams
Rev. John A. McLaughlin
Rev. John A. McLaughlin was elected senior pastor of St. Jude Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in September 2010 and was charged with leading the congregation into a new era of Christian worship, spiritual growth & well-being, and social justice & action.
“When I moved to Wilmington, NC, I felt like I had moved home. St. Jude MCC has become the cornerstone of my life and ministry as, together, we answer the call to “Lead a New Generation into the Spirit of God.”
St. Jude MCC is a vibrant community of faith “The success of our church community is measured in the spiritual health of those to whom we minister. We take seriously the holiness of every individual,” says Rev. McLaughlin
Rev. McLaughlin is the Chair of MCC's Ecumenical & Inter-faith Advisory Council, a member of The Ministerial Roundtable of Wilmington, co-chair of the Cape Fear chapter of GLSEN, board member of Wilmington PRIDE, and other community activities.
While earning his Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary (Lancaster, PA), Rev. McLaughlin focused his studies on biblical scholarship and practical theology. During his seminary training he served as a clergy intern at St. Andrew United Church of Christ (Lancaster, PA) and MCC of Northern Virginia (Fairfax, VA), and as a hospital chaplain at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, MD.
Rev. McLaughlin has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) and a Master of Business Administration from The American University (Washington, DC).
After graduating with his MBA in 1991, Rev. McLaughlin worked in the telecommunications and internet industries as a marketing analyst; he also worked oversees in Belfast, Northern Ireland as a community organizer program manager.