Douglas R. McLachlan was born in Flint, Michigan. He came to know Christ at the age of 16 at Montrose Baptist Church in Montrose, Michigan. His call to the ministry came simultaneously with his salvation experience as he had a burden to be a servant of the Lord. He married Marie Winer, also of Flint, Michigan, and they have three adult children, Rebecca, Matthew, and Bethany, as well as seven grandchildren.
While senior pastor of Fourth Baptist Church, Dr. McLachlan served as president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary from 1986 to 1987 and from 1994 to 2003 and taught in the areas of homiletics and pastoral theology. The church, seminary, and Christian school relocated to their present campus in Plymouth under his leadership in 1998. In addition to those ministries, Dr. McLachlan has been a board member of various fundamental mission agencies, two Bible colleges, and Baptist associations in Michigan and Minnesota. From June of 1987 through May of 1994 he served on the staff of Northland Baptist Bible College as Chairman of the Department of Bible and Graduate Studies. In September 2007 he returned to Northland in a part-time teaching and itinerate ministry. He continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, and President Emeritus of Central Baptist Theological Seminary.
Diploma, Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois (1964)
B.A., Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, Minnesota (1967)
M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1970)
D.D., San Francisco Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco, California (1985)
D.Hum., Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota (2007)
Part-Time Professor, Northland Baptist Bible College (2007)
President Emeritus, Central Baptist Theological Seminary (2007)
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Central Baptist Theological Seminary (1994)
Chancellor, Central Baptist Theological Seminary (2004)
Chairman of the Department of Bible and Graduate Studies at Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, Wisconsin (1987-1994)
President of Central Baptist Theological Seminary (1986-1987; 1994-2003)
Senior Pastor, Fourth Baptist Church of Minneapolis, Minnesota (1982-1987; 1994-2007)
Senior Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church of Grand Blanc, Michigan (1974-1982)
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of New Ulm, Minnesota (1970-1974)