Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway
Union Baptist Church
Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway Sr. has been inspired by his parents and his family legacy to combine scholarship with service. “They taught (me) that education is your passport and that service is the rent you pay,” he said.
A Baltimore native, Hathaway was named pastor of the Union Baptist Church in 2007 after previously serving as their assistant pastor beginning in 2004. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from the North Carolina College of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary.
He has a passion for modeling servant leadership and being a faith-based leader who advocates hope. “Servant leadership, as my biblical training teaches, is ‘the greatest among you will be the servant of others.’ ”
On his career path, there were two critical times when he realized he could affect change in the area. One was working in the administration of Baltimore State’s Attorney Milton B. Allen, who was the city’s first black lead prosecutor, where he assisted individuals to find a new direction to their lives. Another was being on the original organizing staff of Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development (BUILD), a nonprofit designed to create leaders in multiple areas to act on community issues.
As chair of Act Now Baltimore, a network of faith-based community hubs in the city’s 14 districts designed to hold public officials accountable, he helped create and develop the prototype for pop-up, community-based vaccine clinics.
Hathaway also serves on a number of area boards, including the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.