Corey McLaughlin has spent 15 years engaged in various facets of pastoral ministry. First as a youth pastor, then as pastor-chaplain-teacher for two Christian schools, and most substantively as senior pastor for 11 years, at the same time teaching as adjunct professor for two Bible Colleges, all in Massachusetts. His heart for youth to know and love Christ is seen in his commitment to building his church’s youth program and curriculum, as well as speaking at various Christian teen camps and retreats each year. He attended the Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies before moving on to Lancaster Bible College, graduating from both magna cum laude. At seminary he earned two Master’s degrees, one in New Testament and a second in Theology, graduating summa cum laude from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is currently working towards a PhD in New Testament from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His interests include turning learning into a hobby, running/hiking/biking/swimming with his faithful Pitsky, Emma, and finding new and creative ways to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with friends and neighbors. He grew up in a home with an absent father and alcoholic mother, dropped out of school in 8th grade, and soon became a ward of the State before finding Christ in a group home for boys on the coast of Maine. He agrees with John Newton: “I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am.” He lives in the Berkshires of Massachusetts with his five children under the age of 14 (including twins who should count as four on their own!) and his beautiful and industrious wife.