Biography of Pastor Marshall Elijah Hatch, Sr
Rev. Dr. Marshall Elijah Hatch, Sr.
“A Ministry in the Spirit and Power of Elijah” – Luke 1:17
Marshall Elijah Hatch, Sr. has been the Pastor of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church located in the heart of Chicago’s West Garfield community since 1993. Born March 11, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois, Marshall Hatch is a native of the west side. His spiritual development began in Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of his father, the late Reverend Elijah Hatch. In 1985, he was ordained as a minister, and later in that same year was appointed as Pastor of the Commonwealth Missionary Baptist Church in North Lawndale. In the summer of 1998, he was selected for one of the most highly coveted fellowships at the Harvard Divinity School, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This honor was shared with three other distinguished scholars in the practice of ministry in the Spring of 1999. In August 2000, Marshall Hatch was appointed to be an Adjunct Professor on the faculty of McCormick Theological Seminary. In November of 2006, he was awarded the Weston Howland Jr. Grant and Award for Civic Leadership from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. In January 2007, he served as Bates College Martin Luther King Day guest speaker in Lewiston, Maine. In 2008, he was appointed adjunct professor of Urban Ministry at Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.
Throughout his ministry, Marshall Hatch has commenced numerous community outreach programs. Most notable among these are the Westside Isaiah Plan, an interfaith affordable housing development project, an annual pilgrimage to Zimbabwe, Africa, an Illinois Department of Corrections and Cook County Jail visitation and correspondence program, Mountain Men Ministries and Enterprises, a Christian Sisters women’s ministry, a Substance Abuse Task Force, and the Pilgrim Community Development Corporation (Pilgrim Village).
Rev. Hatch has a history of civic involvement spanning over two decades. He served as a member of the Chicago School Board Nominating Commission from 1989-1991. He served as the Moderator of the Friendship Baptist District Association, and served as the National Director of Religious Affairs of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. He also serves on the boards of the Academy of Communication and Technology (ACT) Charter School and Christ The King Jesuit College Prep High School. He is a member of the National Baptist Conventions (USA and America), Illinois National Baptist State Convention, American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, United Power for Action and Justice, and co-convener of the L.E.A.D.E.R.S Network. He also serves on the board of the Land of Lincoln Health Co-op, and in 2013 was appointed by Governor Quinn as a Trustee of the Lincoln Academy. Dr. Hatch’s new landmark book, “Project America”, was published in the spring of 2012.
Pastor Hatch has earned both a doctorate and masters degrees in ministry and theological studies, respectively from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He also holds a Masters degree in government from GeorgetownUniversity in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelors degree in political science from WesternIllinoisUniversity in Macomb, Illinois.
Marshall Hatch is married to the former Priscilla Murchison and they are the parents of four children; Joyce, Janelle, Marshall and Maurice.