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About Dr. Heatley

“God desires that you walk in your why as you order your

world to impact the world.”

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Doctor Taft Quincey Heatley is an author with two published books, national speaker, and certified personal and executive life coach. Currently, Dr. Taft Quincey Heatley also 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.

Prior to serving at Shiloh, Dr. Heatley 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, 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 presenter on the Yolanda Adams Morning Show for their Meditation Monday segment.

Dr. Heatley is a 1998 graduate Morehouse College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Physics. In 2007, he 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.

In 2020, Dr. Heatley received the Doctor of Ministry degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a concentration in Biblical
Interpretation and Proclamation. At Candler, he received the Festival of Learning Excellence Award for the written and digital component of his project “Pastoral Prophetic Preaching: A Spiritual and Cultural Hermeneutic for Prophetic Speech.”

Dr. Heatley is a native of Hartsville, South Carolina. In 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.

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