The Reverend Marlon B. Tilghman
Rev. Tilghman was certified as a Lay Speaker in 1996, Licensed to Preach in 2006, and Ordained an Elder in 2012. He is the secretary of the Committee on Finance and Administration for the BW Annual Conference and for the Northeast Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. He formerly served as chairperson of the Baltimore Suburban District of Building and Locations Committee and was a member of the Baltimore District Committee of Ordained Ministry. He currently co-chairs Bridge Maryland, Inc.—a faith-based community organization that fights for equality, social justice, and systemic change.
In 2014, the Religious Leadership and Diversity Project at Ohio State University interviewed Rev. Tilghman as a leader in growing multi-ethnic congregations. In 2017, he was a teacher and missionary to Zimbabwe, Africa for their bi-annual Pastor’s School at Africa University. In 2018, he joined a cohort of national leaders in the Mid-Atlantic Labor Leadership Initiative.
Rev. Tilghman has degrees from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (High School ‘83), Howard University (BArch ’89), and Wesley Theological Seminary (M.Div. ’08). He retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an architect and project manager in 2009. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves as a Staff Sergeant and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He met his best friend and wife Barbette when they both served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Together they have three adult sons and two granddaughters.
Rev. Tilghman gave his life to Christ at the age of twelve in a small Holiness church in Cambridge, Maryland, pastored by his uncle and exhorter Rev. Freddie Bryant. He accepted his call to ordination on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2003, at his home church, Northwood-Appold UMC. While at Northwood-Appold, he served as a trustee, a lay speaker, and the president of the Usher’s Board for over 3 years.
The cornerstone of his ministry is grounded in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. But in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall make thy path straight.” Rev. Tilghman believes his role is to name the reality that exists within the people he is called to serve. By naming that reality, God’s vision will flourish in the hearts and actions of humankind. “Therefore, search your soul and listen to your heart; and let your light shine so that others may be led to Christ and from the darkness of their sins. To God be the Glory”—Amen!