The Very Rev. Michael Battle

Ordained by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1993, the Very Rev. Michael Battle served as vicar, chaplain, priest-in-charge, rector, provost/dean of a cathedral center, and missionary. On two occasions, he moved churches located in ethnically changing neighborhoods (Asian in one and Hispanic in the other) to adapt and grow with these changing demographics. Currently appointed as the Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society and the Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at The General Theological Seminary in New York, Battle’s education includes a B.A. from Duke University, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, an S.T.M. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in theology and ethics from Duke University. In 2010, Battle was awarded one of the highest Anglican Church distinctions as one of Canterbury Cathedral’s Six Preachers by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams — a distinction given to only a few who demonstrate great dedication to the church that goes back to 16th century England and Thomas Cranmer. As theologian, Battle served as canon theologian, vice president, academic dean, interim dean, and professor. Battle has published ten books, including the book for the Episcopal Church’s General Convention, Ubuntu: I in You and You in Me.

Since the inception of the Episcopal Church’s wellness initiative CREDO in 1998, Battle has served as pastor and spiritual director to hundreds of clergy and laity. He has also served as chaplain to Archbishop Tutu, Congressman John Lewis, the Episcopal House of Bishops, and the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops. He is a featured keynote speaker and retreat leader. Ecumenically, Battle served on the committee for Anglican and Roman Catholic Dialogue; and interreligiously, as vice president for the Institute of Nonviolence, founded by Arun Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi).

Battle and his wife, Raquel, were married by Archbishop Tutu and are parents to two daughters, Sage and Bliss, and a son, Zion, all of whom were baptized by Archbishop Tutu. For more details about Michael Battle, see