Grand Rapids, Michigan – The Lighthouse Full Life Center celebrated its 16th anniversary on October 13 and it was marked with two momentous announcements.
Bishop Marvin L. Sapp appointed Rory Marshall as the new Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center. Additionally, Bishop Sapp was in Grand Rapids to lead the church in the burning of its mortgage, leaving Marshall with a debt-free ministry that will allow him to focus on preaching, teaching and outreach in true Lighthouse tradition.
Marshall will relocate from Chicago, where he was Staff Pastor at The Powerhouse Chicago under the leadership of Archbishop William Hudson III. Marshall is also an award-winning educator who, for the past two years, taught English at North Lawndale College Prep in Chicago.
This appointment comes after a detailed review of potential leaders that was undertaken by a search committee along with the executive board of Lighthouse, which Sapp chairs. Marshall assumes this role by a unanimous vote.
“It would have been easy for me to select a pastor unilaterally, but after prayer and contemplation, I decided to put together a group of individuals who I trusted to help me make the best decision. I wanted to be sure to have a consensus from those who represent the congregation that the new pastor would serve. I gave the committee a list of people I felt they should look at, then the committee interviewed them and, by point system, narrowed the list down to three recommendations. Rory was at the top of my initial list. After meeting with the committee, he remained the top candidate.”
Sapp is managing the transition of Lighthouse Full Life Center in an organized and deliberate fashion as the church represents 16 years of his ministerial legacy. He wanted to not only select the best person to lead Lighthouse, but he wanted to give the new pastor a ministry without any excess debt. “My greatest desire is that the incoming pastor would have more assistance than MaLinda and I had when we started Lighthouse. I wanted not only a smooth executive transition, but for Lighthouse to be positioned for long-term growth and success. I am proud to hand over a debt-free church,” says Sapp.
Pastor Marshall says: “I am extremely honored and deeply humbled by the opportunity to extend the legacy of Bishop Marvin and the late Dr. MaLinda Sapp. Over the past year, I have been a guest speaker at Lighthouse a few times and I fell in love with the people there. They always felt like family, and now they will become family. I am committed to growing together, creating vibrant ministry initiatives and building new relationships so that Lighthouse remains a vital part of the Grand Rapids community.”
The appointment is somewhat of a homecoming for Marshall, who was born in Grand Rapids. His father, Rory Marshall, Sr. was a pastor in the city and one of Bishop Sapp’s early mentors. The family moved to Chicago when Rory Jr. was 12.
“I wanted to have somebody at Lighthouse who I felt had the same passion and drive as I have for ministry. I’ve known Rory his entire life and I know that he has a passion for ministry and to do outreach and really try to impact the community around us. Lighthouse has always been known for doing things that impact the community, so I wanted to make sure that we found someone with the ability to teach and preach, who also has a sensibility for the needs of the community around them. Lighthouse has never been just a local church. We have always been called to reach the entire West Michigan Region. Rory has the passion and the capabilities to continue the work of Lighthouse, and take the ministry to the next level.
“I’m excited for Lighthouse and I am excited for Pastor Marshall. He has a great group of people that are going to love him and support him and his family. They are going to do great ministry in this city,” says Sapp.
About Lighthouse Full Life Center
With locations in Grand Rapids and Muskegon, Michigan, Lighthouse Full Life Center was founded by Bishop Marvin L. Sapp and his late wife Dr. MaLinda Prince Sapp. Under the motto “One Voice, One Vision,” Lighthouse is a bible teaching ministry with a mandate to be a beacon of hope in the Grand Rapids and surrounding Western Michigan Community.
Marvin Sapp was Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center until September of 2019, when he became Senior Pastor of Chosen Vessel Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas. While Sapp remains as Chairman of the Board at Lighthouse, Rory Marshall, Jr. is the incoming Senior Pastor.
Nona Hendryx to Host Global Virtual Event with Special Guest Appearance by Angela Davis
*Singer, songwriter, and activist Nona Hendryx in conjunction with Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X., have partnered with the international feminist group JASS (Just Associates) to present a “Musical Meditation and Celebration of Radical Healing” on Friday, August 14, 2020. This global, multi-artist virtual online event is designed to share and affirm our connections and power in a time of uprising and crisis through music, dance, poetry, and guided meditations. Featuring female performing entities from around the world, including noted activist, academic, and author Angela Davis, this one-of-a-kind event will be live-streamed on the StreamYard platform beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. PST/2:00 MT/7:00 p.m. UCT.
JASS was founded in 2003 by activists, organizers, popular educators, and scholars from five continents, including Lisa VeneKlasen, who recently stepped down as Executive Director, and Shereen Essof, the current Executive Director, who are connected by their commitment to grassroots feminist organizing and justice through shared political struggles from Central America to Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the Philippines.
Hendryx – a former member of Grammy Hall of Fame trio LaBelle – and VeneKlasen have long wanted to collaborate politically on an event spotlighting women’s often invisible role in the ongoing fight to address unfinished struggles of our liberation – violence, inequality, racism, discrimination, stigma, and more. Initially planning to partner to celebrate Women’s History Month in March, then Black Music Month in June, they postponed plans when the country was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as by the global outcry for racial and social justice. With numerous artists and organizations taking to online platforms for performances and fundraisers, Hendryx and VeneKlasen decided that August was a stronger opportunity for the two women-focused entities to address both the hopeful possibilities and trauma and pain of these times.
“By radical healing, we’re acknowledging the power of music to lift our spirits and connect us across all our differences,” says Hendryx. “We recognize that we can’t build and sustain strong movements for the long haul with broken people who bear the brunt of crises and violence. We need moments of shared joy and connections as much as information and strategy.” Adding that women’s role at the forefront of numerous movements has been powerful and consistent, she also notes, “some of the most amazing music ever created has been birthed from struggle.”
Shereen Essof, JASS Executive Director, adds, “In the face of crises and violence, feminist organizers believe that our collective healing is vital to building strong, agile movements for the future. Songs, music, dancing, and poetry are part of a long tradition of activism and communities organizing for justice globally. We are incredibly excited to co-create this moment of radical healing with these extraordinary artists.”
Hendryx will perform with New York-based collective Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X. (Quantum, Unique, Evolving, Essence of Nubian Sistas), a musical meditation on the affirmation of healing traumas of the past and present while answering questions and exploring ways to move forward. First presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., in September 2019 with special guests Divinity Roxx, Be Steadwell, Liza Jessie Peterson, the group will be joined by Sophia Ramos for the August 14th performance. Q.U.E.E.N.X. is a multi-generational, multi-disciplinary blending of music, spoken word, hip-hop, funk, rock, and avant-garde. The group has been hailed for its unique performances that embrace a broad range of audiences, particularly the African American, Latinx, Indigenous Natives, and LGBTQI communities.
Also joining Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X. for this special presentation in radical healing will be noted women artists from around the globe, including South African actress and poet Lebo Mashile; indigenous Guatemalan singer Sara Carruchich; Zimbabwean singer and Mbira player, Hope Masike; and Filipina theater actress and singer Monique Wilson.
Evelyn Lozada Gets Emotional Recalling Ochocinco Abuse [VIDEO]
*Evelyn Lozada has responded to the recent comments her ex-husband, former NFL star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, made about his 2012 domestic violence case.
“I lost my temper for once in life for 3 seconds & it cost me a lifetimes worth of work,” he tweeted without mentioning the incident. “I got it all back plus some after getting a 2nd chance & NOTHING will ever get me out of that happy space again.”
As reported by thejasminebrand.com, Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic battery in 2012 following an altercation with Lozada. She filed for divorce days after.
He pleaded no contest and struck a plea deal and served a year-long probation sentence.
Johnson was also dropped by the Miami Dolphins after his arrest. He and Evelyn also filmed a VH1 realty show that never aired.
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@EvelynLozada Thank u for sharing the TRUTH. I remember when I met up with you & Chad in SoBe for breakfast. The tone that Chad spoke to you made me so uncomfortable. I called you later that day asking if you were okay. Now I know you weren’t. Luv u my friend. Stay strong. ❤️??
— frederick johnson (@fjohnsonphoto) July 16, 2020
The “Basketball Wives” star released a tearful video Thursday in response to Johnson’s tweet.
She captioned the 5 minute clip: “I’m sorry to my kids, my family & friends, my fellow cast-members, their kids & family, the viewers & anyone else I hurt or affected with my actions. I hope & pray my message is received and that this video makes sense. I’m sorry for being so upset but this is HEAVY on my heart. #ILoveAllOfYou”.
In the video Lozada makes clear that Ochocinco was abusive on more than one occasion.
Hear/watch her tell it via the YouTube clip above.
Johnson’s spoke about his troubled past after social media users asked his advice on how to stay positive.
“What’s the secret? How do you stay so positive? Was it therapy? Not being funny…really asking for myself,” wrote one fan.
Evelyn and Chad were married for only 41 days before she filed for divorce after they had a violent brawl.
Stephen A. Smith Says NBA Players Will ‘Struggle’ with Sexual Frustration in Orlando / WATCH
*As the NBA prepares for the conclusion of the season in Orlando, Florida, Stephen A. Smith thinks the biggest challenge players will face in the city is the lack of sex due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
“Do we really think that the ‘recreational activities’ that these guys are accustomed to are going to be compromised for three months?” said Smith on Tuesday’s edition of First Take, per 97 The Game.
The NBA recently shared a photo of courts for the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic being set up inside the bubble at Disney World, offering a first look at team practice rooms being set up in hotels.
As noted by CBS News, ” as teams start traveling to Orlando next week, we should start getting more information about how everything in the bubble is going to look,” the outlet writes. Adding, “Teams will practice at staggered times in order to promote social distancing and keep everyone healthy. “
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Stephen A Smith on NBA players breaking the Disney Bubble because they’re going to be sexually frustrated and need to go out for “recreational activities”… pic.twitter.com/trgMrAUeAl
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 30, 2020
Smith added, “Forget three months. They’re gonna’ struggle with three weeks. Why you think they wanted Vegas?” asked Smith.
Hear him tell it via the Twitter video above.
Meanwhile, Jesse Pantuosco of 97 The Game writes, “the NBA has made its Orlando accommodations as player-friendly as possible with table tennis, on-site barbers, movie-viewing areas and other entertainment options. But even with all those amenities at their disposal, Smith predicts players will leave the premises to fulfill their sexual appetites.”
“They’re gonna’ violate the bubble. That’s what I’m telling you,” Smith insisted. “Somebody’s gotta’ say it.”
Meanwhile, when asked what he would like to see when the league restarts in Florida, Lakers player representative Danny Green told ESPN. “We got to continue to speak up, continue to figure out ways to affect change as a group,” said Green. “We’ll be competing against each other and focusing on winning, but we still need to focus on what’s the bigger picture.”
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