Rev. Dr. Marshall Elijah Hatch, Sr.
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, IL, 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 1998 he was appointed a Merrill Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School, in Cambridge, MA. 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 an Adjunct Professor on the faculty of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. In November of 2006, he was awarded the Weston Howland Jr. Grant and Award for Civic Leadership from Tufts University in Medford, MA. In January 2007, he served as Bates College Martin Luther King Day guest speaker in Lewiston, ME. In 2009 he was appointed and currently serves as Professor of Urban Ministry at Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, IL.
Throughout his ministry, Marshall Hatch has commenced numerous community outreach programs. Most notable among these are the Westside Isaiah Plan and Ezra Homes, interfaith affordable housing development projects that built over 200 single family homes in Chicago. He established Passports to the World, an annual overseas mission trip for inner city youth. He has also launched a visitation and correspondence ministry for the incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections and Cook County Jail; organized the Mountain Men Ministries and Enterprises, the Christian Sisters women's support ministry, a Substance Abuse Task Force, the Safe Haven after school program, and the Pilgrim Development Corporation of West Garfield Park (Pilgrim Village). Current plans include construction of a multi-million dollar health clinic and fitness center in partnership with the Lawndale Christian Health Center on the New Mount Pilgrim campus.
Dr. 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, the National Director of Religious Affairs of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and 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 Convention of America, American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, United Power for Action and Justice, co-convener of The Leaders Network, and founding steering committee member of the National Public Housing Museum. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Land of Lincoln Health Co-op, and was appointed a Trustee of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in 2013. Dr. Hatch's landmark book, "Project America: Memoirs of Faith and Hope to Win the Future", was published in 2012. In 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University.
Pastor Hatch has earned both a doctorate and masters degree in ministry and theological studies, respectively from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He also holds a Masters degree in government from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelors degree in political science from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.
Marshal Hatch is married to the former Priscilla Murchison and they are the parents of four children: Joyce, Janelle, Marshall and Maurice.