The Reverend Marlene E. Forrest is a cradle Episcopalian. She graduated with her Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary on May 17, 2018. She was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on June 9th, 2018 and the Priesthood on December 8, 2018.
Before entering seminary, Marlene was active in the life and ministry of her home church, Meade Memorial Episcopal in Alexandria, Virginia as a Eucharistic Minister, Lay Preacher, Worship Leader, Youth Minister, Vestry member and Choir member. She retired as a Special Education Teacher in 2016 after 30 years of teaching a variety of children with special needs.
While at Virginia Theological Seminary, Marlene established and served as President of the Seminarians of Color Union (SOCU). She was a Bishop Payne Scholar and was a member of the Multicultural Ministries Committee. She also served on the Design Team for the 2017 Seminarians of Color Conference sponsored by The Episcopal Church and the Office on Ethnic Ministries and was nominated and attended the Preaching Excellence Program, sponsored by the Episcopal Preaching Foundation.
She obtained her undergraduate Degree in Special Education from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. She has one daughter, Sara. She is a proud mother, daughter, sister and aunt. Her family is very important to her and she loves to spend time with them. In her spare time, she likes to watch medical, cooking and home renovation shows. She is also a music lover and attends many live music events when time permits.
Marlene loves being part of the Saint Peter’s in the Woods family and is excited about all that God is doing for His people.
One of her favorite scriptures is 2 Chronicles 7:14 “However, if my people who belong to me will humbly pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”