Marion Humphrey to serve as Visiting Pastor

Release Date: 11/14/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- Marion A. Humphrey, the pastor of Allison Presbyterian Church in Little Rock and a retired circuit court judge for Pulaski and Perry counties, will be the visiting pastor at University of the Ozarks on the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2 as part of the University's Pastoral Study Leave Program.

Marion A. Humphrey, the pastor of Allison Presbyterian Church in Little Rock.

Marion A. Humphrey, the pastor of Allison Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, will be the university's visiting pastor for fall 2011.

Humphrey attended public schools in Pine Bluff, Ark., and is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H.  He received a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, a master of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Humphrey was elected to the position of circuit judge in 1992, and served from January 1, 1993, until December 31, 2010.  He was a Little Rock municipal judge from 1989 to 1992.  Prior to serving as municipal judge, Judge Humphrey was in private practice in Little Rock and Pine Bluff.  He also served as a Little Rock assistant city attorney, an Arkansas assistant attorney general, the Arkansas State director for Prison Fellowship, and the associate minister of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Roxbury, Mass.  He was a newspaper reporter and copy editor for the Pine Bluff Commercial.  He also served as a research assistant in the office of former New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, and as an intern in the office of former Arkansas Sen. J. William Fulbright.

Humphrey is a member of the Arkansas Judicial Council, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the W. Harold Flowers Law Society. He serves on the board of Arkansas Children's Hospital, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home in Monticello.  He was formerly a member of the Board of Directors at Lyon College, where he now sits on the Advisory Board.  He is also affiliated with the Christian Ministerial Alliance and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.  He serves as chaplain of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association. In addition, Humphrey is a member of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice.

Humphrey is a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow of International Rotary. He is married to the former Vernita Gloria Thomas of Tollette, Ark.  They have one son, Marion Andrew Humphrey, Jr., a graduate of Little Rock Central High School and Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, who presently works in Beijing, China.

The Pastoral Study Leave Program was established in 2005 by the late Rev. Dr. James R. Struthers of Stillwater, Okla., to bring Presbyterian pastors to the U of O campus for personal and professional development. Humphrey is the 12th visiting pastor to take part in the program.

For more information about the Pastoral Study Leave Program, see http://www.ozarks.edu/about/spirituallife/pastor/.