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“This is fun for us as a couple,” said new Burke Presbyterian Church co-pastor Meg Peery McLaughlin. “We really love it. Jarrett dreams. He has big ideas—this is what I can see. I’m the taskmaster.”

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Burke Presbyterian Church Hires Husband and Wife Pastors

Reverends Jarrett and Meg Peery McLaughlin are first new pastors in almost three decades.

When Rev. Dr. Beth Braxton decided to leave Burke Presbyterian Church two years ago, after 27 years of service, replacing her was no easy task. The church Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) convened for 15 months, considered roughly 150 applications and worked with two different interim pastors.


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