MEET OUR PASTOR
Pastor Douglas Slaughter
Douglas A. Slaughter, a visionary leader, and servant, is the Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church, Aiken, South Carolina. With 40 years in ministry and leadership, Pastor Slaughter has led Second Baptist since 1992, becoming the 11th pastor of the church and congregation.
Born and raised on a cattle farm in Pulaski, Virginia, a small country town at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Pastor Slaughter attended the College of William & Mary in Virginia majoring in Classical Studies with a concentration in Greek language and history. In 1979, Pastor Slaughter moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center. He graduated with a Master’s of Divinity degree in Old and New Testament studies.
Pastor Slaughter’s professional career in ministry began in 1985 as the minister of Christian education at the St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. His work included leading many community projects, including the Nehemiah Project, an affordable housing program that was responsible for building over 2000 affordable homes in the East New York and Brownsville section of Brooklyn. He also served as the lead organizer on a project called Nehemiah 2. This consisted of the planning and development of two charter schools, The East New York and Bushwick High Schools for public service. Both schools opened in 1993, a month after Pastor Slaughter accepted the call to lead Second Baptist.
Additional responsibilities as Director of Christian Education included developing the biblical and spiritual infrastructure for a capital stewardship campaign. These efforts resulted in funds being raised for St Paul in excess of two million dollars over three years. Other accomplishments include developing a stewardship campaign for several Catholic Churches to increase the congregations’ tithing base.
For the past twenty-four years, Pastor Slaughter has served as the senior pastor of Second Baptist Church. During his tenure in Aiken, SC, Pastor Slaughter has started a Christian preparatory school, serving children from two years of age through the fifth grade. He is also the founder and board chair of the SBC Community Development Corporation (CDC). In 1997, the Second Baptist Church Community Development Corporation built eleven affordable houses and seven duplex apartments for seniors and nine additional homes within the community. Another project led by CDC with a focus on improving the community was the implementation and operation of Project Excel, a program designed to provide training and employment opportunities for youth between the ages of 16 and 21 as well as a teen after school Homework Center for youth with behavioral concerns and who were under the watchful care of the juvenile justice department. The youth were assigned to the homework Center for homework assistance and mentored Monday through Thursday during the school year. Over a 7 year period, 300+ youth were served and developed.
Pastor Slaughter’s legacy has been defined by serving as a champion for positive community efforts that help improve the quality of life for others. His community involvement while serving in Aiken includes his appointment to the following Boards: City of Aiken Nonprofit Corporation (Aiken Cor-poration) – Board Member; County Commissioner Aiken County Alcohol and Other Drug Services – Past Board Chair; Congo Initiatives USA ( Bilingual Christian University of the Congo) – USA Board Member; City of Aiken Strategic Planning Committee – Past Board Member; City of Aiken Cumulative Planning Committee – Past Board Member; Aiken Downtown Development Corporation – Past Board Member; Aiken Together Campaign – Past Board Chair; Planning Committee, Tall Pines STEM Academy opening Fall 2016 – Past Board Chair; and Center for African American History Art and Culture – Past Board Chair.
As a life-longer learner, Pastor Slaughter is certified as a Licensed Coach, Teacher, Trainer, and Speaker with the John C. Maxwell Team and completed the doctoral program in Organizational Management (D.M.) and Leadership at The University of Phoenix.
Pastor Slaughter’s most rewarding responsibilities include being married to his wife Kelley, a father to his children Douglas, Isake, Avery, Robert, and Anthony (Trey) and grandfather to one awesome grandson, Braxton.