The Rev. Kent Marcoux, Rector
The Rev. Kent Marcoux brings to St. George’s twelve years of experience in ordained ministry, together with 25 years of professional experience in financial management, development finance and entrepreneurship—much of it dedicated to strengthening the performance, social impact and sustainability of local institutions effecting social change.
Fr. Kent grew up in New Orleans, where his father and grandfather were also Episcopal priests. After college he worked as a banker in New York, then spent three years in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer working with microenterprises. He returned to pursue graduate work at Yale, where he earned degrees from Berkeley Divinity School, Yale Divinity School and the Yale School of Management. Following his graduation Fr. Kent moved to the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood and soon began attending St. Stephen and the Incarnation. Fr. Kent was ordained a priest at St. Stephen’s in 1999, then served as a member of the clergy group for five years. During this time, he also worked as Program Director at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) in Washington, where he led the Enterprise Development area, including the areas of entrepreneurship, development finance and microenterprise.
In 2003 Fr. Kent moved to Baltimore to become the first Executive Director of a start-up CDFI (community development financial institution) serving low-wealth people and communities of the Baltimore region by offering loans, technical assistance, and innovative products and services that build wealth and create opportunity. In 2008, Fr. Kent returned to Washington and served as Assistant Rector at Grace Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, where he worked closely with the Rev. Janice Robinson. At Grace, Fr. Kent led the parish’s youth ministries and served as Chaplain of the affiliated day school, while also sharing with Rev. Janice the liturgical roles, and broader leadership and management of the parish. Fr. Kent also served as Priest-in-Charge during the leadership transition following Rev. Janice’s retirement.
More recently, Fr. Kent served as Director of Finance at Jubilee Housing, a faith-based nonprofit providing affordable housing and supportive services to economically disadvantaged residents of the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Before coming to St. George’s, Fr. Kent served as Interim Associate Rector at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Washington.
Fr. Kent and Ellen Kennedy, a Washington native, were married at St. Stephen's in 2000. They are proud parents to Eli (16 years old) and Cali (13 years old), and they live happily in Takoma Park. Fr. Kent enjoys music, cooking for family and friends, and laughing a lot!
The Rev. Dr. J. Carleton Hayden, Associate Rector
The Reverend Dr. John Carleton Hayden, born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his B.A. and M.A. at Wayne State University and the University of Detroit, respectively. After receiving his Master of Divinity degree from the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad in Saskatchewan, Canada, he was ordained as a deacon on May 19, 1963, and to the priesthood on May 1, 1964.
In addition to being an engaging teacher of American, African-American and the History of the Black Church, Reverend Hayden is also a published scholar specializing in the history of Afro-Anglicanism. Among his publications are: The Church and the Civil Rights Movement, Freedom’s Matrix, Struggle, Strive and Salvation, The Role of Blacks in the Episcopal Church, Afro-Anglicanism Linkages, 1701-1900, and Ethiopia Shall Soon Stretch Out Her Hands Unto God. He is especially proud of having authored the biographical sketches in Lesser Feast and Fast of the first three African American Saints: Absalom Jones, Alexander Crummell and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reverend Hayden served as Episcopal/Anglican Chaplain at Howard University from 1994 to 2002. His ministry as Chaplain was characterized by building up the Episcopal/Anglican Community. He worked with students, faculty, and alumni. His goal was to forge links between St. George’s Church and the Howard University community. During his tenure, he secured the support of General Colin Powell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Togo West, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and The Very Reverend Dean Nathan Baxter, to serve as honorary chairs of the Chaplaincy’s first annual drive which netted over $50,000.
Reverend Hayden introduced missionary travel as a way for his students to engage faith and life in a global context. Pilgrimages included Cape Town, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Toronto, Canada. In 2001 he took students to London, Canterbury and Oxford, England. The highlight of that tour was conversation and tea with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Additional educational ministries took him to Antigua, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, China, The Dominican Republic, France, Grenada, Guyana, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, St. Vincent, Tanzania and the Virgin Islands.
Reverend Hayden has served on several boards, organizations, and in many capacities throughout the National Church, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and the broader Washington community. Some of these include service as the Convener of the Afro-Anglican Clergy of the Diocese of Washington, Clerical Member of Diocesan Council, and Board Member of the Washington Episcopal School, Kanuga Conference Center, Ivy City Community Development Corporation, National Council of Churches, the Episcopal Evangelical Education Society, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, St. Andrew’s Sewanee School, the Union of Black Episcopalians, and the Washington Urban League.
He also served as consultant to many groups including the Baltimore Public Schools (social studies curriculum), the Archdiocese of Washington Schools (multicultural education), and the National Science Foundation (Ford Fellowships). He currently holds lifetime memberships in the Union of Black Episcopalians, the Washington Urban League, and the NAACP.
Father Hayden served as the Assistant Rector of St. George’s (DC) from 1973 to 1982 and from 2002 to 2016 where he is currently the Associate Rector. Over the years, Reverend Hayden has served in the Diocese of Washington as Priest-in-Charge at both St. Michaels and All Angels and St. Monica’s Churches, Rector of Church of the Holy Comforter (DC), Assistant Rector at Church of the Atonement and as supply clergy at St. Luke’s and other parishes in the metropolitan area.
He is married to Jacqueline Green Hayden, an occupational therapist and a teacher retired from Prince George’s County Public Schools. They are parents to Jonathan Christopher Janai Hayden, and Johanna Christina Jamila Hayden Whitson. They are also grandparents to Imani Christina Jacqueline Whitson, Iyanna Jamila Elaine Whitson, and Kishawn Thomas John Whitson.