The Reverend Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr. was called to Union Baptist Church as Assistant Pastor in 2004, and elevated to the position of Pastor of this historic “Servant Church” in 2007. He succeeds the legendary Rev. Dr. Vernon N. Dobson, noted theologian, community activist and civil rights leader. Rev. Hathaway has the distinction of being the 10th Pastor in the church’s history.
A native Baltimorian and son of Union Baptist Church, he is truly a man of God; acknowledging his call to the ministry and through obedience to Christ, he prepared himself academically and spiritually for the shepherding of God’s people. Rev. Hathaway has two earned terminal degrees; Ph. D. in Philosophy of Religion from the North Carolina College of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary. He earned his Master of Arts in Church Ministries and a certificate in Urban Ministry from Saint Mary’s Seminary and University. He is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School’s Summer Leadership Institute. He earned a Certificate in Exegesis, Hermeneutics, and Homiletics from Georgetown College and Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the McKendree School of Religion. He also studied Philosophical Theology at what was then Coppin State College and was the first President of its Philosophical Theology Club. He is the recipient of the following fellowships: National Civic League, 2001 Pfrozheimer Fellow and Maryland Historical Society, 2005 Lord Baltimore Fellow. Rev Hathaway is a graduate of Baltimore City College High School. He is a member of the Academy of Homiletics and the Society of Biblical Literature. He was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College on April 12, 2012.
He is a contributing author of “Children’s Mental Health: Partnering with the Faith Community,” in Providing Mental Health Services to Youth Where They Are: School—and Community—Based Approaches (New York: Brunner-Routledge. 2002); “Reaching Out of School and Community Stakeholders to Improve Mental Health Services for Youth in an Urban Community,” International Journal of Mental Health Promotion (Volume 4 Issue 4-November 2002); and “Enhancing child and adolescent resilience through faith community connections,” In C. Clauss-Ehlers & M. Weist (Eds.) Community planning to promote resilience in youth (New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishing. 2004); and “When Your Change Comes” in the book: Memories of Mother. (www.XulonPress.com.2007)
Rev. Hathaway’s wife, the lovely and talented Kathleen Brice, is a career employee of The Department of Defense. They are the proud parents of three outstanding children: Alvin, Jr., earned his Juris Doctor, Master of Business Administration, and Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering undergraduate degrees from West Virginia University, he works for JP Morgan Chase; Adaria, enrolled in the Ed.D. Urban Educational Leadership Program at Morgan State University, she earned her Masters of Science in Communications Management and Bachelor of Science in Communications degrees from Morgan State University, she works as a Success Coach for Harford Community College; and Sheneika, who earned her Master of Arts in Spanish, Master of Science in Human Relations, and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from West Virginia University. She was recently appointed Associate Dean of the Arts, Language, and Literature Division of Eastfield Community College.