Many say Marvin Sapp's voice is instantly recognizable. Characteristically raspy ringing with power and authority as he masterfully illustrates with excellence the Word of God. Not only is his delivery exemplary, his knowledge of the historical text brings to life the message of hope and healing. Not a singer that happens to preach but a Preacher called by God who is gifted to sing.
Singing since age four he has shared the stage with many gospel notables and his gift is celebrated across musical genres. While he has enjoyed a decorated music ministry receiving Stellar Awards, Gospel Music Excellence Award as well as Grammy, Soul Train Music and Dove Award Nominations, he has also been honored in his hometown of Grand Rapids Michigan. Recognized for his professional and philanthropic efforts he has received the city's highest African American honor, a Giants Award , as well as the Frederick Douglas award from the National Association of Negro and Professional Women's Club.
Currently as Founder and Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Western Michigan, he is innovative in his approach to winning the lost and edifying the believer. As a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan Pastor Marvin is committed to his community and enjoys taking the message to the masses. In his inaugural year, the ministry has initiated a Full Life approach with an emphasis of addressing the spiritual, physical and mental needs of the body.
By no means is Pastor Marvin and the Lighthouse family resting on laurels or taking credit for the well rounded and effective ministry approach. In fact, with humility, they acknowledge they have found the formula for a successful ministry in the word of God cultivated with a relationship with God.
Sadly, on September 8, Marvin's wife, MaLinda Sapp, a gifted speaker, local college professor and Limited Licensed Psychologist, died after a battle with cancer, leaving Marvin and their three children, Marvin II, Mikaila and Madisson.
Parts of biography provided courtesy of Marvin Sapp