St. Paul’s Welcomes Guest Preacher, The Rev’d Marlene E. Forrest

On Sunday, October 16 at 10 AM, we will observe our third Reconciliation Sunday Worship Service. We are thrilled to welcome as our guest preacher The Reverend Marlene E. Forrest, along with members of her parish, St. Phillip’s Church. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear inspiring preaching and to worship with fellow Episcopalians as together we ask for God’s guidance in the work of healing and justice.


About our Guest Preacher: Rev. Marlene E. Forrest began her tenure as Priest-In-Charge at historic St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Richmond in late February of 2020 and became Rector in January of 2022. Before coming to Richmond, she served as the Assistant Rector for Youth and Family Ministries at St. Peter’s in the Woods in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

In the Diocese of Virginia, Marlene serves as Co-Chair of the Commission on Ministry, a member of the Committee on Priesthood, the Ministry for Racial Justice and Healing and the Diocesan Resolutions Committee and will begin her tenure in January 2023 as a Trustee at Westminster Canterbury. She also, serves as the National Union of Black Episcopalians Youth and Young Adults Chaplain.

Marlene is a contributor to the book, “Preaching Black Lives (Matter)”, an anthology that asks, “What does it mean to be a church where Black Lives Matter?”

About St. Philip’s Episcopal Church: Founded in 1861, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church is the sixth oldest historically African American congregation in the Episcopal Church, as well as the first to be founded in the American South. Nestled in historic Northside Richmond, the church has provided more than 150 years of rich Christian history and service to the greater Richmond community. Today, St. Philip’s membership consists of approximately 280 members of predominantly African descent and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

You can read more about their dynamic history and learn about what is happening present day on their website: https://stphilipsrva.org/about/history/.