- Faith & Family
For nearly two months, groups of protestors have gathered around the country urging the nation to occupy Wall Street. Rev. Marvin Lue, Jr., 39, senior pastor of Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in Overtown, does not endorse the movement. Instead, he believes that Christians should begin their own movement of “occupation.”
“I question some of the actions and behaviors because there seems like there are a lot of followers but not enough leaders with a distinguished and defined agenda,” he said. “We need to occupy our walk and our faith if we would like to be more in touch with our spiritual destiny. Then we would see more tolerance of the poor from the wealthy.”
Lue became the senior pastor of Trinity CME a year ago, but has been in ministry for 21 years, receiving his master’s degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. One of his primary goals for Trinity CME is to attain equilibrium.
“I believe the church’s social purpose now is to implant a balance and understanding of purpose in our life,” he said. “We’re in a holistic transition; we’re trying to balance the foundation of our heritage with a connection with the future.”
The balance is seen during their weekly worship services where one Sunday service is more traditional with the other providing more contemporary lectures and music.
“This has been a tradition for several years so we can attempt to cater to the needs of all who come in,” he said.
Worship services draw approximately 200 people every week. And in addition to traditionally popular ministries such as Bible Study and Mission Work, Trinity also offers the growing Keeping Trinity Connected (KTC) ministry. KTC consciously connects members to newcomers for the past year.
Born in Atlanta, the divorced father of a teenaged daughter has dealt with health issues most of his life; his father died when he was only five-years-old. Recently, when his marriage was especially rocky, he even began having suicidal thoughts and attempted to take his own life.
“After I started taking responsibility for what I had brought to the storm, I started gaining stability,” he said. “When you become accountable for your actions, you start making better decisions because you don’t want to continue to go down the same road.”
Once Lue relearned how to love himself, he became confident the pain served a greater purpose.
“I just felt that with all that I had to endure there was a purpose and my struggle became a part of my testimony,” he said.
By Kaila Heard