Billy Michael Honor is a minister, public theologian, and cultural critic whose progressive and compelling insights have made him a sought after preacher, lecturer, and social commentator.
Billy is currently the organizing pastor of a much anticipated new faith community in Atlanta, Georgia called Pulse Church, that is scheduled to launch October 11, 2015. Prior to organizing Pulse Billy was the pastor and head of staff of New Life Presbyterian Church in College Park, GA, which under his leadership became the fastest growing predominantly African American Presbyterian congregation in the United States. He is also the founder and facilitator of an independent public scholarship ministry that focuses on promoting quality social commentary and criticism on religion and culture.
Recognized as an emerging progressive social voice, Billy regularly speaks at churches, conferences, colleges and community events and is a media commentator on issues related to contemporary faith and culture. Since 2008 he has facilitated a respected blog called "The Critical Cleric" 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 also serves 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 and is currently working on completing his first book project titled "The Mis-education of the Church Negro".
He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Kaldeen who is an educational advisor and non-profit professional.