Meet Our Lead Pastor

Biography


The Rev. Dr. Taft Quincey Heatley currently serves as the twelfth senior pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA. Shiloh is a historic church in the Old Town Community of Alexandria founded by former enslaved African Americans in 1863. Currently, the church has over 40 ministries and is proud to continue its legacy of service.

Dr. Heatley recently served as the Executive Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia, under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Senior Pastor. As Executive Pastor, Dr. Heatley oversaw all the ministries at the Ray of Hope which totaled more than 50 and managed a staff of 12.

In April 2014, Dr. Heatley released his first book, God Is the Goal: The Chase for Intimacy with God. In March 2015, Dr. Heatley served as "Chaplain of the Day," at the Georgia House of Representatives and on March 16, 2015, Dr. Heatley was the guest minister on the Yolanda Adams Morning Show for their Meditation Monday segment.

Prior to his call to ministry, Dr. Heatley was an investment banker in the financial services industry, serving as a senior financial analyst with Salomon Smith Barney now Citigroup Corporate Investment Bank in New York, NY. After resigning in 2002, he worked briefly in the public sector as the Deputy Director of Finance/Revenue and Claiming for the NYC Department of Homeless Services.

Education


Dr. Heatley  is a 2020 graduate of the Candler School of Theology Emory University where he received a Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation. At Candler, Dr. Heatley received the Festival of Learning Excellence Award for his project, "Pastoral Prophetic Preaching: A Spiritual and Cultural Hermeneutic for Prophetic Speech." In 2007, Dr. Heatley completed his Master of Divinity Degree at the Princeton Theological Seminary. At Princeton, Dr. Heatley was recognized for both homiletical and scholastic excellence, receiving the Jagow Prize for preaching; the John T. Galloway Prize in Expository Preaching as well as the Elder Garnett Hawkins Award for Scholastic Excellence. His sermon, "A Grave Danger Disciples Face," was published in the Fall 2006 Seminarian Issue of The African American Pulpit.  Dr. Heatley is a 1998 graduate of Morehouse College, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

Family


Dr. Heatley is a native of Hartsville, South Carolina. On December 28, 2012, Dr. Heatley married his gift from God in the person of Krystal Heatley from Pensacola, FL. They have two children, William Quincey and Quinn Kelsey.