The Rev. Marian Dulaney Fortner, Class of 1996, has been called as Interim Rector of St. James' Episcopal Church, Jackson, Mississippi. She has served for the past ten years as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Fortner practiced law for twelve years before the call to ordained ministry and attendance at General. She has also previously served at All Saints Episcopal Church and Day School in Phoeniz, AZ; St. Andrew's Episcopal Day School in Jackson/Ridgeland, MS; St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Jackson, MS; and St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville, MS.
Churchwide, Fortner has served as a Deputy to General Convention as well as in multiple Diocesan leadership positions, including the Mississippi Executive Committee, Racial Reconciliation Committee, and Sexual Exploitation, Pastoral Justice & Advocacy Committee. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of a regional nonprofit formed after Hurricane Katrina to respond to unmet needs after natural disasters.
Fortner was a nominee for Bishop Coadjutor of Mississippi in 2014 and Bishop of West Tennessee in 2018. She is married to Tom Fortner and they have one daughter and one grandson.