Rev. Taft Quincey Heatley, DMin


Taft Quincey Heatley is a pastor, national speaker, certified life coach, and author of two published books. His newest work, The Pandemic Pastor, was published in February 2022 to encourage pastors and leaders to lead with purpose and passion during crisis. Dr. Heatley himself serves as Senior Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, a historic congregation in the Old Town Community of Alexandria, VA, founded by former enslaved African Americans in 1863.

Previously, Rev. Heatley served as Executive Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GA, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale. As Executive Pastor, Rev. Heatley managed a staff of 12 and oversaw the administration of the more than 50 ministries of the church.

Rev. Heatley is a 1998 graduate of Morehouse College, where he received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. In 2007, Rev. Heatley completed his Master of Divinity at the Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. At Princeton, Rev. Heatley was recognized for homiletical and scholastic excellence, receiving the Jagow Prize for preaching; the John T. Galloway Prize in Expository Preaching and the Elder Garnett Hawkins Award for Scholastic Excellence. In 2020, Rev. Heatley earned the Doctor of Ministry from 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.”