Pastor and Author Marvin Mims, Sr. He is the Pastor of St. Mark Baptist Church in Memphis, TN and a member of the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association. He is the Founder and President of B.O.L.D. BROTHERS, (BOLD) Brothers Offering Leadership Development, a mentoring program established in September 2001, for young men. Mims is also the Founder and President of MAN H.O.P.E. (Man Hour of Power Enrichment), established in July 2021, a ministry designed to empower men based at St. Mark Baptist Church. He serves as a volunteer with ‘Arise to Read’ a program assisting second graders with their reading skills. His community service with BOLD includes mentoring in Shelby County Schools, delivering meals to Senior citizens for Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), and providing meals to homeless individuals in downtown Memphis, TN.
Mims academic credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Crichton College in 2007 and a Graduate Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University in 2017. He served from 1979 to 2011, in the United States Air Force, with a background in Information Technology and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. He has received the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal in conjunction with additional medals and awards during his military career. Mims provides support to Memphis Union Mission, Mid-South Food Bank, Sickle Cell Foundation of TN, Neshoba Community Resource Center: Memphis Lupus Support Group, and Bethel International Ministries in Kenya, East Africa. Marvin Mims Sr. is a native of Greenville, Mississippi. He is married to Anita, their children are Marvin Jr., Takenya, Tracy Ann, Joshua, and he has two grandsons Hazen and Addison.
Pastor Marvin Mims Sr. wrote and self published his first book titled “The Crossroads of Champions: Manhood, Military, Marriage & Ministry.” The interconnectedness of the lives of Rev. Dr. Johnny Clarence (J.C.) Bachus and Marvin Mims Sr. (A Well known late Pastor in Memphis who left him the church before his passing). While reading the book you will find that Pastor Mims faced discrimination throughout his life and in the military but he talks about empowerment and how he overcame certain trials. As well as the importance of mental health, therapy and having a solid family support system. We would love the opportunity of Pastor Mims being a guest on your The Black Male Archives one day to talk about manhood, marriage, ministry, mental health and so much more. With hopes that his story and the book resonates with all readers and in particular Black men. Wishing that they will soon see a champion within themselves.