Meet Our Senior Pastor


Rev. Taft Quincey Heatley is the twelfth senior pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia.

Reverend Taft Quincey Heatley is a native of Hartsville, South Carolina, the second child of Dr. Alvin Taft and Dorothy Heatley. He was raised in the Mt. Calvary A.M.E. Church in Hartsville, where his father serves as chairman of the Trustee Board and his mother serves as the Church Musician/Senior Choir Director.

Reverend Heatley accepted the call to ministry in 2000. On July 6, 2003, Reverend Heatley was licensed to preach the Gospel under the leadership of Reverend Anthony L. Trufant at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York.
Upon completing his work towards his Master’s degree, Reverend Heatley was ordained by Reverend Anthony L. Trufant at Emmanuel Baptist Church on June 16, 2007. For seven years while at Emmanuel, Reverend Heatley gave leadership to the Young Adult Ministry and Frontliners Men’s Ministry. As an Associate Minister, Reverend Heatley served as a teacher in the Discipleship Development Institute.

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

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


Reverend Heatley was educated in the Darlington County School District, graduating from Hartsville High School in Hartsville. After graduating from Hartsville High School, Reverend Heatley attended Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Physics in May of 1998. In May 2007, Reverend Heatley completed his Masters of Divinity Degree at the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. At Princeton, Reverend 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.


On December 28, 2012, Reverend Heatley married his gift from God in the person of Krystal Heatley from Pensacola, FL. They have two children, William Quincey Heatley and Quinn Kelsey Heatley.