The Reverend Marcus Halley is a native of North Carolina where he was educated in the Gaston County School District. Upon graduating with his high school diploma in 2004, he matriculated and graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He entered seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) where he was introduced to the Christianity and indigenous spirituality of African peoples throughout the diaspora. After graduating from the ITC in May 2011 with a Master of Divinity, he successfully completed a pastoral residency with Emory University Center for Pastoral Studies before matriculating and graduating from The School of Theology at the University of the South (affectionately known as “Sewanee”) with a Master of Sacred Theology in Anglican Studies in May 2015. An avid historian, theologian, and writer, Father Halley chose to fill a void in theological scholarship by completing his thesis “Lifted Hands, Broken Chains: Exploring the Liberating Theological Praxis of Absalom Jones and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 1794 – 1808.” He is currently pursuing is Doctor of Ministry in Preaching at Sewanee. He is also a regular contributing writer for Grow Christians and has contributed to other projects such as Thirty Seconds or Less – Ideas Done Daily, and the Logos Project. In addition to parish ministry and writing, Fr. Halley is also a member of the faculty of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry in Topeka, KS where he teaches a yearly course on anti-racism, justice, and Christian ministry.
Marcus began his life as a Baptist (National Baptist Convention, USA), but was drawn to the intentionally expansive and poetic language of Episcopal liturgy. Father Halley discerned a call for Holy Orders and was duly ordained a deacon on December 15, 2012 by the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, 10th Bishop of Atlanta, and as a priest on the Feast of All Saints, November 1, 2013 by the Rt. Rev. Martin Field, Bishop of West Missouri (on behalf of the Bishop of Atlanta). He currently serves as the 18th Rector of St. Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a worshiping community of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. He is a theologically-orthodox (reclaiming “orthodoxy” from the thin-veil of bigotry), liberation-minded, socially- and politically-conscious, high church, Episcopal priest born in the North, raised in the South, residing in the upper-Midwest, and praying like its 1549.