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At birth, Marvin Charles Lue, Jr. was not expected to live beyond the first 24 hours, due to a rare ...
Marvin Charles Lue, Jr.

At birth, Marvin Charles Lue, Jr. was not expected to live beyond the first 24 hours, due to a rare gastric condition that to this day challenges him.

“My father died when I was four years old and my paternal and maternal grandparents soon followed him,” Lue said. “My mother was constantly moving from state-to-state and city-to-city doing her best to give us a better quality of life. I had to endure a nomadic childhood which meant changing schools frequently.

Lue says he is on a spiritual mission and his intent is to follow the directives revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. He realized the importance of being properly trained so he acquired a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion with a minor in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA , and a Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Worship with advanced studies in Church Administration and Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center, also, in Atlanta.

In 1990, Lue began his service in the gospel ministry. In 1997, he was ordained an Itinerate Elder in Full Connection in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church [CME]. He has served in Georgia, Florida and Missouri. Currently, he is the pastor of The Trinity CME Church at 511 NW 4th St., and Director of Christian Education for the Florida Region of the CME Church [responsible for developing curriculum for cross generational congregations, with emphasis on youth work from ages 12-17 and young adults, ages 18-35]. He previously served as Co-Director of Christian Education for Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin. He was also the Director of the Young Adult Ministries for the Midwestern U.S.

For Lue’s efforts, he was recognized in the Order of the Flame, World Methodist Council in 2002; Connectional Young Adult Ministry Hall of Faith, CME Church, 2008; Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers, 2010; along with numerous other awards and accolades.

Since July 2010, Lue says he has “been blessed to lead The Trinity CME Church at 511 NW 4th St. “My aim is to make Trinity the ‘The Corner of Connection,’ where minds, bodies and souls connect to the heart of Christ, therefore, I am constantly stretching services beyond the pulpit by serving South FL as Vice-president of the African-American Council of Christian Clergy,” Lue said.

He is also a founding member of the Overtown Connection. Lue can be heard every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. on WMBM Gospel Radio’s “Let’s Go to Church” series on his show “There Is A Word.” Not only is he working locally, trying to win souls to the Lord but he is vying for the position of General Secretary of Evangelism [GSE] in July at the General Conference in Baltimore, MD. As the GSE, Lue will be responsible for coordinating the evangelistic and ministry expansion initiatives for CMEs and all believers across the country and around the world.

Lue is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., a Master F. & A. Mason PHA and the author of Winsday’s Word, a weekly social media meditation.