The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Battle


The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D. has an undergraduate degree from Duke University, received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Master of Sacred Theology from Yale University, and a PhD in theology and ethics, also from Duke University. Ordained priest in 1993 by Archbishop Tutu, Michael served as vicar at St. Titus Episcopal Church in Durham, NC; rector at Church of Our Saviour, in San Gabriel, California; rector at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh, N.C.; and interim rector or associate priest with other churches in North Carolina and in Cape Town, South Africa.


In 2010, Battle was named “Six Preacher” by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, a distinction that goes back to Thomas Cranmer and 16th century England, and given to only a few who demonstrate great dedication to the Church. Michael’s academic experience includes service as Interim Dean of Students and Community Life at Episcopal Divinity School, Dean for Academic Affairs, Vice President and Associate Professor of Theology at Virginia Theology Seminary; as Associate Professor of Spirituality and Black Church Studies, at Duke University’s Divinity School; and as Assistant Professor of Spiritual and Moral Theology in the School of Theology at the University of the South. Dr. Battle has published eleven books, including his latest: Desmon Tutu: A Spiritual Biography Of South Africa’s Confessor.


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