Thursday, January 23, 2014

Baptist chaplain ordained as a priest in ceremony at UAB Hospital

From  Alabama-

The Rev. Malcolm Marler, director of pastoral care at UAB Hospital, has been on a spiritual journey.

His father, the Rev. Lewis Marler, was pastor of Gardendale's First Baptist Church from 1970-83. Marler followed in his father's footsteps and was ordained a Baptist minister in 1978.

But after 35 years as a Baptist minister, Marler is now an Episcopal priest. In 2004, he married Mary Bea Sullivan, and they were members of Baptist Church of the Covenant near the UAB campus. In 2007, Sullivan, raised Catholic, told Marler she missed church liturgy. They became Episcopalians.

"I believe you can find God anywhere," Marler said.

Sullivan felt called to the priesthood, and recently graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary. Marler looked into the possibility of becoming a priest. Since he already had a master's and doctorate in theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., he enrolled in a special study program with the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.

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