Rev. Billy Michael Honor
Billy Michael Honor is a public scholar, faith leader, and civic organizer whose progressive and compelling insights have made him a sought after preacher, lecturer, and social commentator.
Billy is currently the Executive Director of the Faith, Justice and Truth Project, a civic engagement institute dedicated to educating the public on matters of economic justice and faith-based social change. In this position Billy mobilizes faith communities to break the chains of injustice through informed and well-researched civic engagement. Prior to taking on this position Billy was a respected faith organizer who lead innovative social justice campaigns that have been celebrated and written about by many media outlets and recognized for being one of the promising contemporary happenings of public faith witness.
In addition to being a civic organizer Billy is also the Pastor of Pulse Church in downtown Atlanta. Pulse began in fall 2015 and is already widely known for its progressive faith witness and social justice advocacy. Prior to organizing Pulse, Billy was the Pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in College Park, GA, which became the fastest growing predominantly African American Presbyterian congregation in the United States.
In 2011, Billy started “Truth on the Loose” which is an independent public scholarship brand that provides high quality thought leadership content on faith, culture and politics. Since starting “Truth on the Loose” Billy has become an emerging progressive social voice, regularly speaking at churches, conferences, colleges and community events and being a media commentator on issues related to contemporary faith and culture.
For several years he has facilitated a respected blog that maintains a diverse and growing readership and his sermons and writings have been featured in Huffington Post, the Root.com, Presbyterians Today magazine, Yahoo Voices, Odyssey Network and Day1 Media Ministry.
Billy holds a bachelors of arts in Biblical Education with honors from Beulah Heights Christian University in Atlanta, Georgia, a Master of Divinity degree from Johnson C. Smith Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta (where he graduated at top of his seminary class), and has completed an advanced studies Master of Theology degree with honors from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where his research focused on the intersection of theology, race and cultural criticism.
Billy has also served on the board of trustees of several institutions including Columbia Theological Seminary, Johnson C. Smith Seminary and the Interdenominational Theological Center. He has also been an adjunct professor of religious studies and guest lecturer at various theological institutions throughout the United States and is currently working on completing his first book project scheduled to be released next year.
He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys traveling and restaurant hopping in his spare time.