La Verne Wilson-McLaughlin

Adjunct Professor, Ministry Formation


D.Min., Wesley Theological Seminary

Dr. Wilson-McLaughlin founded Charis Worship Center Ministries, Burtonsville, MD, where her unique approach to church-planting and its expansion and growth is shaped by the innovative strategies she has developed over the past twenty-five years of ministry. Charis Ministries hosts small group Bible study as well as community forums. Pastor La Verne established the AKADIMIA, which trains persons who are exploring the authentic call to professional ministry and offers a wide range of contemporary topics selected to instruct those in search of a systematic path to answer the call. She has been described as one of the standouts in a new generation of transparent and authentic women leaders and teachers.

Her experience includes two years as Chaplain at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC; five years with the historic Takoma Park Baptist Church, Washington, DC, which included eighteen months as the Acting Senior Pastor; President of the Black Minister’s Conference of Montgomery County, Maryland; graduate of Leadership Montgomery, class of 2000; and Member of the Board of Trustees of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. She actively supports women’s shelters and prison ministries around the DMV area.   

Dr. Wilson-McLaughlin was conferred a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC in 2009 and a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel De Witt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia in 1998. She was ordained into the full Gospel ministry in 1998 in Silver Spring, Maryland, under the pastorate of the late T. J. Baltimore at The People’s Community Baptist Church.


Email: Pastor@Chariswcenter.org

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