Pastor Motley was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. He received his early training at Whitney Elementary School, Plateau, Alabama and Woodard High School, Cincinnati, Ohio. His college career began at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a major in philosophy. He then transferred his credits to Morehouse College majoring in Religion and minoring in Philosophy. He received his Bachelor Degree in 1980. Upon completing studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center, he was awarded a Master of Arts in Christian Education.
Reverend Motley comes from a deeply religious family from which the Lord has called many ministers. He received Christ at the age of eight and was called into the ministry when he was eighteen years of age. His father, Dr. D. L. Motley, Sr., the renowned and respected Pastor Emeritus of the Peace Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio licensed and ordained him in 1971 and 1973, respectively.
Reverend Motley served the following churches: Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Tallapoosa, Georgia, Wares Grove Baptist Church, Cedartown, Georgia, and Flat Rock Baptist Church in Rome, Georgia. Reverend Motley accepted the pastorship of the Lindsay Street Baptist Church on September 7, 1980.
He is father to daughter, Shaunae Motley, and grandfather to Sanaa Motley.
Pastor Motley is deeply involved in community activities seeking to improve the conditions of the socially and economically oppressed and the spiritually impoverished. He is active with many organizations which include the Concerned Black Clergy, the New Era State Convention of Georgia where he served as 1st Vice-President, the Progressive Baptist Convention, the American Baptist Convention, past President of Atlanta Baptist Minister Union, board member of Vine City Housing Ministry and the chairman of the English Avenue Community Development Corporation. He is also a former adjunct professor at Morris Brown College. Reverend Motley is much sought after as a speaker, lecturer, teacher, and preacher.
Reverend Motley is a humble, soft spoken gentleman, whose very presence commands respect. Under the leadership of Reverend Anthony Motley, the congregation of Lindsay Street has completed a worship center that seats upwards of 1000 people. If there is one word to describe Reverend Motley, it is a visionary.