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 1998 he was appointed a Merrill Fellow 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 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, Massachusetts. In January 2007, he received the MLK Award and served as Bates College Martin Luther King Jr. Day guest speaker in Lewiston, Maine. In 2009 he was appointed and currently serves as 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, Ezra Homes, and Pilgrim Village Homes-Washington Boulevard, new construction affordable housing development projects that built over 200 single family homes in Chicago. In 2009, Hatch established “Passports to The World”, a biennial overseas African missions trip for the church’s 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, the Women of Purpose discipleship ministry, “The Call To Life” Substance Abuse Support Ministry, the Safe Haven CPS after school program, and the Pilgrim Development Corporation of West Garfield Park (Pilgrim Village & Pilgrim Village Apartments). Currently, NMP/PDC has partnered with Chicago Cred to employ at risk young men (18-24 years old) in a community development program called the “MAAFA Redemption Project”. The MR Project completes rehab of a multi-unit residential building and preps the adjacent Pilgrim Village Early Child Development/Community Arts Center on the Washington Boulevard 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 American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, the Progressive Baptist Convention, chairs the L.E.A.D.E.R.S Network, and is founding steering committee member of the National Public Housing Museum. He was appointed a Trustee of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in 2013. In 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University. He was elected Board chairman in 2016. Also in 2016, he was elected to serve as a Trustee of the Baptist Theological Union of the University of Chicago Divinity School. Dr. Hatch’s landmark book, “Project America: Memoirs of Faith and Hope to Win The Future”, was published in 2012. His powerfully insightful book of urban pastoral eulogies, “Absent In The Body: Eulogies of Life & Death In Black Chicago”, will be published in early 2018.
Pastor Hatch has earned both a doctorate and a master’s degree in ministry and theological studies from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He also holds a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor degree in political science and history from Western Illinois University 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.