Rev. Dr. F. Keith Slaughter was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1962, to a Baptist preacher and an elementary school teacher. The son of the late Rev. Dr. James E. Slaughter and Velma T. Slaughter, he is a chaplain, spiritual consultant, college/seminary professor, Dean, Baptist preacher/pastor, pastoral theologian, husband and father. A minister of the gospel since 1986, Dr. Slaughter has served as Senior Pastor of diverse congregations in Illinois, Georgia and South Carolina. He worked in social services as a mental health professional for many years “in the streets” as a case manager and as an administrator in community mental health and substance abuse programs on the west and south sides of Chicago. He has worked full-time in community and pastoral ministry and in the academy since 1998, and currently serves as pastor of the Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, GA.
Dr. Slaughter is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a B.S. in History and master’s studies in Counseling and Student Development, an honors graduate of the Morehouse School of Religion/ The ITC with a Master of Divinity in the Psychology of Religion/ Pastoral Care and minor work in Homiletics and he holds the Doctor of Theology degree in Pastoral Counseling from the ITC. He has served as a Chaplain and counselor for many troubled souls, and as a clinically-trained helping professional, in the capacity of pastoral psychotherapist and pastoral counselor. He is an adjunct professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center in the Psychology of Religion/Pastoral Care department and has worked as a researcher at the ITC’s Institute for Faith-Health Leadership. He has served as Faculty Chair of the Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) Program at American Baptist College in Nashville, TN;His most recent appointment is Interim Dean of the Baptist School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga. there he currently serves.
He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Theta Phi International Theological Honor Society, Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities and has received citations from the House of Representatives of the states of Arkansas and South Carolina as well as the California State Senate among many other honors for his service to the community and for academic achievement.
An accomplished homilist, he has preached around the country as a revivalist and guest preacher and presented many workshops, seminars and presentations in the areas of stress management, cultural sensitivity & competency, pastoral development and ecclesial leadership, pastoral and congregational care, ethics, faith/health synergy among other topics, from an intentionally and unashamedly Africentric perspective. His writings include The Impact Potential of Liberative Black Preaching on the Beingness of African Descent Persons in the Black Church Context: The Therapeutic Dimensions of Black Preaching. He also worked as on-air Inspirational Personality on Rhythm and Gospel, the nationally-syndicated radio program.
He is the loving husband of Arnetta and proud father of Maya, Mariah, Keith II, and Mahli.