When Bishop Marvin Sapp and his wife, the late Malinda Prince Sapp, started Lighthouse Full Life Center in Grand Rapids, the vision was to ultimately be able to serve the region of Western Michigan. Now almost 14 years later, that vision continues to unfold as Bishop Sapp announces a new Muskegon location. Services will begin being held there this Sunday, April 2nd.
“When I first started Lighthouse, I knew that I was called to serve not only my city of Grand Rapids, but the region,” says Sapp. “I had been praying about where to go and asking God to give me direction. I would have planted a new church before now, but I have been focused on raising my kids.”
Lighthouse Full Life Center Muskegon, which Sapp likes to call “Lighthouse Lakeshore”, is located at 1292 Jefferson Street, the former location of the St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church. Bishop Sapp purchased the building from the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids in January. The site features grand historic details, such as ornate woodwork, cathedral ceilings and original stained glass windows, all which are being preserved to maintain the architectural integrity of the building.
“The community of Muskegon has always had great churches and great pastors,” says Sapp. “I am bringing my style of delivering the word of God to a community that has always enjoyed robust ministries. I am excited about this new journey, in a wonderful new facility. I look forward to opening our doors to the Muskegon community.”
Bishop Marvin Sapp is the senior pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center, with locations in Grand Rapids and Muskegon, Michigan. Additionally, he is Metropolitan Bishop within the Global United Fellowship, under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Neil C. Ellis. Marvin Sapp is also an internationally recognized recording artist with multiple Grammy and Billboard Award nominations, two BET Awards and multiple Stellar Gospel Music Awards. He is one of the most beloved voices in Gospel music but, in his words, he is simply “a preacher who happens to sing.”