The Rev. John H. Marlin

Assisting Priest marlinj@mac.com

Fr. John Marlin, Assisting Priest

Father John Marlin was raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Father Marlin has served as an assisting priest at All Souls’ Episcopal Church since the early 1990s.

He graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science. He continued his education at George Washington University in Washington DC where he completed his Master’s Degree in Government. He worked on Capitol Hill while he pursued his degree during the early 60s,

In 1963 Father Marlin began studies as Postulant from the Diocese of Washington  (sponsored by its Bishop William Creighton and supported by Grace Church, Muskogee) and completed a Master’s in Divinity from Virginia Seminary in 1966.  While he attended seminary, he served as seminarian at All Saints Church, Chevy Chase, Maryland.  Father Marlin was ordained Deacon in 1966 and Priest in 1967.

Father Marlin served as Curate and later Assistant Priest at Epiphany Church in Washington DC from 1966 to 1969.  During his time at Epiphany Church, he was responsible for year round programs in the depressed areas of city. His other responsibilities included oversight of the youth programs, Church School and pastoral programs.

From 1969 to 1988, Father Marlin served as Assistant Chaplain and Head Chaplain at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Alexandria, Virginia.  During his long tenure at St. Stephens he was head of the school’s chaplaincy program, outreach and curriculum planning. He also served as supervisor and mentor of the school’s seminarians from nearby Virginia Seminary. While serving at St. Stephen’s, Father Marlin completed a Master’s Degree in Education from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. His training focused on learning differences, guidance/counseling and general instruction. During his time in Washington DC and Virginia, he served as supervisor of the Winant and Clayton Volunteers, a summer exchange program for American and English youth. From 1971 to 1978, Father Marlin served part time as a Vicar at the 140-year-old Meade Memorial Episcopal Chruch in Alexandria, Virginia. Meade Memorial, an African-American parish near the historic Christ Church in Alexandria, became an independent congregation during his time there. He enjoyed his weekend responsibilities of pastoral work, outreach and celebrating the Eucharist.

Father Marlin was called to be Vicar and Chaplain of Casady School in Oklahoma City in 1988 where he served joyfully until his retirement in 2008.  Upon his retirement he was named Vicar Emeritus at Casady School.