Meet Our Pastor
Dr. Marvin S. Hall, Sr. with Lady Patricia Hall
Dr. Marvin Hall is a native of Brighton, TN in Tipton County. He received his primary and secondary education in the Tipton County School System. He is a 1978 graduate of Brighton High School.
After his graduation from high school, Dr. Hall continued his educational pursuits and receipt of degrees through his matriculation at:
- Dyersburg State Community College
- Seminary Extension of the Southern Baptist Convention: Diploma in Biblical Studies.
- R. G. Lee Center of Union University: Diploma in Pastoral Ministries.
- Tennessee School of Religion: Bachelor of Arts Divinity.
- Tennessee School of Religion: Masters of Theology.
- Agape Christian School of Religion: Doctorate of Theology.
Dr. Hall accepted his call to ministry in 1982. His ministerial journey began as an Associate Minister at Smith Grove Baptist Church, Brighton, TN. Under the leadership and guidance of the church’s pastor, he grew in wisdom and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In 1984, Dr. Hall accepted a higher calling to become the pastor of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, Covington, TN where he served faithfully for over 24 years. During his 24 years of pastorate the church saw the establishment of faith-based ministries since there were none in place when he assumed leadership; a significant increase in congregational growth thus facilitating the need for a new house of worship; and further church expansion resulting in a second building project due to consistent congregational growth.
St. Stephen’s second expansion was completed with seven mortgage payments remaining when Dr. Hall’s ministry journey took him in a different direction. The seven remaining mortgage payments were of a 10-year mortgage that the church paid off under the 10-year mortgage time frame. Although deeply convicted to his ministry at St. Stephen, God affirmed that it was time for him to move on after 24 years. He did, however, return to St. Stephen to conduct the church’s mortgage burning ceremony.
In September 2008, Dr. Hall yielded to God’s Will and accepted the pastorate of Greater St. Luke Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. Upon his arrival at Greater St. Luke, he brought a passion to the ministry as an advocate for the building of God’s Kingdom which he discovered was also the church’s vision statement—“To equip and send forth Kingdom-building Torchbearers whose flame of the Holy Spirit guides the lost sheep to The Shepherd through Exhortation, Edification, and Evangelism.”
Dr. Hall’s pastorate at Greater St. Luke has resulted in continual congregational growth. Because of his church-building experience, he revealed his vision plan for Greater St. Luke in April 2013. He had prepared the congregation for that vision five years prior through Biblical teaching on faith, family, church and community. Under his leadership, Greater St. Luke united with the Brown’s Creek District Association where he has had the opportunity to serve as Vice Moderator.
To date, the sanctuary underwent renovations to include the pulpit redesign, new pulpit chairs, carpeting throughout the upper level, and the installation of a media operations station in 2015; a groundbreaking ceremony was held to commemorate the construction of the new Fellowship/Activity building in 2018 to which Dr Hall, along with city and county officials, held the official ribbon cutting ceremony in 2019.
Although Dr. Hall’s passion is ministry, he has been continuously employed with the Tipton County Board of Education at Covington High School and the Teen Learning Center for 20 years. He believes that in that position he possesses a calling whereas he can make a difference in the lives of young people with troubled lives.
Dr. Hall’s interests include Philosophy, History, English Literature, Politics, Art History, Economics, and other studies which have also contributed significantly to his education. He is also a talented and gifted singer.
On February 27, 1981, Dr. Hall married Patricia Ann Nelson of Covington, TN. They are the proud parents of four children, Dekesha, Tijuana, Marvin, Jr., and Cameron. Dr. Hall hails from a family of ministers as he has four brothers who are also in the ministry which serves as proof that God has blessed the family to be a blessing to many through the proclamation of the Word.
Dr. Hall continues to serve God faithfully at home, throughout his and neighboring communities. He continues to attract people to his ministry with his charismatic personality, contagious humor, and positive attitude. His dynamic preaching affords him the opportunity to travel nationally while preaching the Word of God. --Amen--