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On Thursday, September 9, 2010 Lady Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp departed this earth and peacefully went on to glory. Lady MaLinda, the affectionate name she was referred to by most, was a virtuous woman, a devoted mother and was faithfully united in covenant with Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Sapp, her adoring husband and a gifted man of God. Lady MaLinda was born March 1, 1967 in Mobile, Alabama to the late Cornelius Sr. and Barroneece Prince. She was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was taught to love the Lord early in life. Lady MaLinda was a praying woman, she communed with the Lord daily and she was often requested to share the Word of God all across the country.

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It was September 19, 1992 that Lady MaLinda was united in marriage to her best friend and soul mate Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Sapp and to this covenant partnership they were blessed with three wonderful children, Marvin II, Mikaila and Madisson. Lady MaLinda was domestic at heart, unwavering in her dedication to foster a Christian home filled with love, joy and strong family values. Sharing family time with her husband and children was the priority for she and Pastor Sapp. Her care for her family was the personification of a Proverbs 31 Woman, “a wife of noble character... and far more than rubies. Her husband had full confidence in her and lacked nothing of value. She brought him good all the days of his life. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her”. (Proverb 31: 10-12, 28). This September celebrates the 18th wedding anniversary of their union. Lady MaLinda will be lovingly remembered and continually celebrated by her entire family.

Lady MaLinda devoted herself to enriching the spiritual and personal lives touched by her along the journey of her life. Her life was guided by Isaiah 61:1-3, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness”. Along the journey, Lady MaLinda earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University and was a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and limited licensed professional counselor. She also holds a Doctorate of Divinity from the Center of Friends International Christian University.

Early in her career, Lady MaLinda worked as a Professional Psychologist for a Christian Mental Health Service and later as a Professor of Psychology and Limited License Counselor for a local Community College. For several years now, she and her husband have personally sponsored and hosted an annual Back to School Rally, now serving over 4,000 community members. The event provides backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, clothing and meals to over 1,000 youth in the inner city each year. In 2003, Lady MaLinda co-founded, with her husband Dr. Marvin L. Sapp, Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, located now on the campus of its 17- acre property, Kingdom Square. In 2005, Lady MaLinda retired from her professional career to devote herself to their ministry where she served faithfully as Administrative Pastor. She founded Grand Rapids Ellington Academy for Arts and Technology (GREAAT) Inc., an extended learning after school k-12 program that introduces the study of the Arts and Technology in the mastery of academic skills and content. The after school model was an instant success, offering performing arts, technology, Spanish, and academic tutoring to well over 300 students each school year. She also founded Rhema Bible Institute, an affiliate Center of Friends International Christian University and sponsors an annual Black College Tour that gives local high school students an opportunity to visit prospective colleges. She was very active in community affairs, serving on the Board of the Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services as well as several other boards. She has received numerous recognitions and awards acknowledging her leadership in the community . For the past two decades Lady MaLinda Sapp has impacted numerous lives and though her job on earth is well done, the heritage of her influence will forever remain.

Her husband, a loving and gifted man of God, Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Sapp to whom she was united in covenant with and honored throughout her life, survives Lady MaLinda. Marvin II, Mikaila and Madisson, her three wonderful children will dearly miss her and their loving and caring relationship. Her loving and devoted mother Barroneece Prince, grandmother MaLinda Ward of Memphis, TN, and mother-in-law Lodena Hollifield of Forest, MS also survived by her; she is the beloved sister of Cheryl Kimble and Latonja Curry-Buggs; and brothers Cornelius (Sylvia) Prince, and Winchell (Kenyatta) Curry; and brother-in-laws Danny (Cindy) Sapp, Henry (Christine) Sapp and Darnell Sapp all of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and is loved by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, family and friends. Gone before her were her father Cornelius Prince, Sr., her father-in-law Henry Lewis Sapp and her grandmother Louise White.

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    September 9, 2011 6:58 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sanctified Spiritones

    We love you ma,we’ld meet wit u in heaven and we’ld never be seperated. GOD bless, Sanctified Spiritones.

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    September 4, 2011 8:29 amPosted 2 years ago
    Pastor Douglas

    Pastor Sapp, know that you are definitely in our prayers this week among all. May God minister and continually keep you in Jesus name.

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  • September 3, 2011 7:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Idella Bowers

    FIRST I WANT TO SAY THAT YOU ARE A WONDERFUL SINGER AND GOD HAS BLESSED YOU WITH A WONDERFUL SINGING VOICE. I LOVE YOUR SONG NEVER WOULD OF MADE IT. I DID A PRAISE DANCES TO THAT SONG AT MY CHURCH. BUT I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR WIFE PASSING AWAY. SHE IS IN HEAVEN THIS OUR HEAVENLY FATHER LOOKING DOWN ON YOU AND YOUR KIDS. I WILL KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN MY PRAYS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS.

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    August 31, 2011 3:41 amPosted 2 years ago
    Samuel

    A rear Gold. Just three of her kind in this earth and the whole world will be at rest. She left this earth to rest in God’s bosom but her seeds will never cease to endlessly grow. Rev. Dr Marvin L Sapp, never relent Sir…God’s got it all in control.

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    August 29, 2011 2:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sandra M Floyd

    Dr. Sapp. I have known of your wife’s passing since it happen, and wrote a comment about her at that time. However, lately I have been going through some real problems of my own, and found myself looking at your web site which showed the events that happen at her funeral. My Lord, the tears came down on my face like a raging river. I only new her briefly, but she was someone I admired and wanted the peace and happiness in my own life. My heart goes out to you and your family for your lost. I have seen you since her death a your church and you are getting along well. The Lord has clearly been with you and seen you through these most troubling of times.

    Malinda, suffered so much, but kept her love for God. When I look at my own problems they seem small compared to her troubles. I thank you for keeping up the Website of your wifes passing and funeral. It has helped me so much to finally deal with her passing. It was very difficult for me at the time to even cry. I guess I didn’t want to believe it. But, I have now mourned her Death and appreciated her life, while she was on Earth and know she is in a much better place with our Lord God. May God Bless you and your Children.

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    August 26, 2011 6:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    PD

    Pastor Marvin Sapp,

    I recently saw you on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (Praise The Lord). Your ministry was and has been a blessing to me. Speaking as someone who can identify with your loss, your testamony encouraged me. April 10, 2011 marked 20 years since the passing of my husband. He was a Pastor and a awesome annointed man of God. He was also a gifted singer. Our children at the time were only 10 (daughter) and 5 (son). God has been soooooooooooo faithful! Daughter is now 30 and Son is 25. Did I do everything right, no! But God’s grace has, is and will continue to be suffiecient! If you have the want to, God has the can do. Be encouraged and continue to allow God to do what only He can do!

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    August 25, 2011 12:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Minister Roy Spear

    I just wanted you to know that, I will continue to hold you and your family up in prayer, as well as the church family. The Lord will continue to strengthen you , the kids, and church family as you continue to move forward doing a wonderful work for the Lord.

    Sincerely,

    New Bethel Deliverance Ministry
    Decatur, Georgia

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    August 22, 2011 3:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    robin

    Dr. Marvin Sapp. I love all of your songs. You are a true man of God and I know the Lord will be with you and your children all the days of your life. I’m sorry for the loss of your wife but just remember the good times that you shared. She is now an angel watching of you and her babies. May God continue to bless you and your family! Baltimore, Md.

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    August 19, 2011 7:00 amPosted 2 years ago
    Vanessa

    Praise the Lord, my prayer continue to go out to Dr’ Marvin Sapps and Family that God continue to strengthen them as they continue to do the work of the Lord. Your wife is a remarkable women while she was here on earth but she is God great treasure in Heaven. Continue to see God through in Jesus Name.. Love your Sister in Christ.

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    August 18, 2011 4:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Natasha Hubbard

    Dear Dr Sapp My heart go’s out to you and your family. You know behind every great man there is a great woman.However Ahead of every great union there is an even greater God. Thank you and Lady Malinda for that example.
    Don’t count her out.

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    August 16, 2011 10:57 amPosted 2 years ago
    Chris

    To Rev. Sapp
    I pray that God reveals Himself more and more to you and the children and I praise God for how you minister in song, you inspire me so much Sir, God bless.

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    August 16, 2011 12:51 amPosted 2 years ago
    helena holmes

    First and foremost, I just wanted to extend my heartfelt condolences on Lady Malinda’s transition. I pray that you and your family, while each of you miss her earthly presence, will also keep in mind that she is now seeing the Lord face to face in that place where we are all living to live again…eternity with Jesus.

    On a separate note, my whole family loves your praise and worship…it’s an awesome thing the see the Spirit of God moving in a brother or sister’s life. I’ve watched your career and transition to Ministry from the days of Commissioned to where you are now and I love it. While I love the new, I gotta say I’m still stuck on the Be Exalted CD from 2005. There 2 songs there that are my personal ‘pick me up’ for those times when life gets a little hard to bear; Be Exalted and I Will Trust You. Pastor/Brother Marvin, if the Lord lays it on your heart would you please record those live on DVD sometime in the future so I can purchase it? My mom transtitioned in 2005 and my father in 2006; and while I know where they are, I still miss their presence! But when I listen to Be Exalted, I’m taken to a place in the Lord where I’m no longer looking backwards but forward.

    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know, we (The Saints In Christ) are praying for you and your family and Trusting that the Lord will cause your works thru HIM to continue to prosper, bring souls to the Kingdom, and Glory to the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…Be Blessed and Take Care…

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    August 15, 2011 8:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Prophetess Walls

    Remember Brother SAPP” It is Finished” and GET some REST (HEB 4)
    Bless YOU

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    August 13, 2011 10:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Peggy Hightower

    To Pastor Sapp and Family: I am truly sorry to learn of the loss of your wife, First Lady Malinda Sapp. From reading about her she sounded like a wonderful lady who truly loved the Lord. I also lost my husband last June from cancer. I truly love your song Here I Am. It is so true. Im still standing after all I’ve been through. I have listened to a lot of your sermons on You Tube. You are truly a powerful man of God. I pray for you and your Family that God will wrap his loving arms around you and see you through your loss. I hope to get to hear you preach one day in person.

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    August 6, 2011 2:00 amPosted 2 years ago
    Diamond Gaines

    Hello Dr. Sapp
    I just wanted to send my condolences to you and your family. I watched you as a special guest on Praise The Lord. I
    was very touched on how GOD spoke to you and said,” IT WAS THE THREE OF US NOW IT’S JUST THE TWO OF US.” It touched me a lot, it’s AWESOME to know GOD’s got your back.I prayed that he would strengthen you more, even though I don’t know you, you come off as a Man Of God who has it all together with GOD OF COURSE.
    Well love your music and I just pray God takes you to higher heights and deeper depths in him.
    Love you and keep up the Good Gospel Music.

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    August 5, 2011 11:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    jonnie

    My nephew bought your first CD for me a couple of years ago. I was amazed and so blessed. You and your children will continue to be in my prayers. Love you my brother in Christ.

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    August 4, 2011 4:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    D Bradford

    Greeting, Mr Sapp
    While sitting at my desk working, you came to mind. I was listening to one of your song and I start thinking heavly about you and the family. I pray all is well with you. You have been a blessing to a lot of people all over the world and me as well. You had a beautiful wife and I ask myself why Lord did you take her so young. And you know it was like God is standing right here and whispered in my ear saying “Malinda has fullfill what I asked of her and before people start to worship her as if she was God and don’t see what I instilled in her, then it’s time for her to come home.” That’s touchy and my eyes got watery. Im from Baton Rouge, La. and you come to my city a lot. You visited Pastor Rickey Washington church often. I pray that maybe one day God will lead you to my chuch Interdenominational Faith Assemby Pastor Guevra Johnson. I love you and be bless

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    July 31, 2011 10:18 amPosted 2 years ago
    Daffany

    This is one of the most beautiful tributes I’ve seen. I can tell Lady Malinda was and is loved and adored. God bless you and continue to strengthen you Pastor Marvin, your family and church family.

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    July 25, 2011 9:11 amPosted 2 years ago
    Pastor Peter Amaeshi

    Dr. Marvin,
    my friend and i can’t stop talking about the grace of God that has just enveloped your life even during the most difficult times. It’s my prayer that you will never loose track and will continue to live your life in the sight of eternity…… Thats what its all about ”HEAVEN”. And we planning seriously to be the people that will bring you to South Africa. God bless you.

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    July 20, 2011 6:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pinkie B. Ector

    Pastor Marvin,

    I viewed the Praise the Lord Program Tuesday when you appeared as a guest. Sir, I must say, that if this world had more Men of God, with a tenth of the INTEGRITY that God has placed in you, this world would truly be much better for all women! Even when I am “TEMPTED” to do wrong, God gives me reasons not to! The relationship that you and Lady Malinda “have”, is still precious, because God is using this example to teach future brides and grooms about the brevity of life, and the importance of taking each day and demonstrating the gifts of the Spirit of God not only in marriage, but in family as well! Please, don’t ever give up on God! My prayer for you especially, is that when the enemy is trying to attack you via any form of temptation, God immediately makes a way of escape for you! May You, your Family, and Ministry be forever BLESSED!
    PBE
    ATLANTA

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    July 20, 2011 2:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chris

    I never met you or your wife but what I just saw in page I could imagine that she has lived a phenomenon life. I know sometimes when things are so beautifully in life it is hard to understand the trials and the test. Aren’t you glad to know also GOD’s promises are true. He will not forsake us. Praise GOD.. I know that GOD is with you every step of the way. May the LORD fortify and guide you in all your path.
    Chris S.

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    July 20, 2011 1:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    DeeSford

    I watched Dr. Sapp last evening on TBN speak in such glowing terms of his wonderful late wife. To be able to minister to others in the midst of his stragedy is testimony to the strength and courage he has found in serving God. Dr. Sapp you quoted a scripture that for almost a year now I heard the holy spirit speak to me through your voice, when God was pulling me through some struggles: He will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him. I pray that you will continue to find peace, strength and wisdom as you continue to serve the Lord. My prayers are with you and your lovely family.

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    July 19, 2011 9:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Regina Irvin

    God is Good! Pastor Sapp my prayers goes out to you and your family. My Prayers will always be with you .I meet you for the first time in New Orleans, Louisiana where you preached and AWESOME word at the New Hope Baptist Church where Pastor Rapheal is the Pastor. during Liberty week when My Pastor Donald R. Berryhill Sr. of the First Zion Missionary Baptist Church, beacame president of the Liberty Association. Thanks for bringing such a word to my heart. every since that day i’ve been listening to your songs daily. dont get me wrong i been knowing them and love them all but i’ve just been listening more. God Bless

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    July 19, 2011 9:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    JUNE BEDFORD

    DEAR PASTOR MARVIN,

    My husband and I watched you on TBN this past Monday and we both are praying for your continued strength to take care of yourself and your babies. We also have three children and understand just how much work it takes to take care of them. We have watched your career for as long as I can remember and we believe that not only do you have us and many others hear on earth watching you in prayer, but a cloud of witnesses in heaven including MaLinda.

    Love Ya Much,
    The Bedfords

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    July 19, 2011 7:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    To Marvin Sapp and Family, I just found out about the loss of your beautiful wife when I watched TBN today. I remember a article in Ebony about you and your family some years ago and I noticed you spoke with such love and admiration about your wife and children, even today on TBN. I was/am inspired by your Christ centered Marriage and family. I wanted to send my condolences. I enjoy your music and please know that a life well lived is truly a testimony. May God continue to keep you and your family in his loving care.

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    July 19, 2011 7:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jessie Harrell

    Dr. Sapp my name is Jessie and I am a big fan of yours!!! Your song “Never Would Have Made It” I am always blessed when I hear it. I am really sorry for the passing of your wife she seemed like she was a beautiful person both
    spiritually and naturally. I can just imagine how you felt during that time of your life, but with the help of the Lord he has given you the strength to carry on doing the work of the Lord by bringing more souls to christ and letting them know through your testimony that they can make it. Belive me I have been through many trials myself since the passing of my father who also was a preacher and sometimes I even felt like giving up, but with the faith I have in God I made it, and like your song says I am stronger, and wiser, and better than ever!!! So keep on keeping on and I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.

    P.S. I attend the Potter’s House Deliverance Tabernacle which is located in Tampa Florida where the Rev. Dr. Patricia Hauser is pastor. I am originally from Wisconsin though where my home church is Higher Ground Christian Center where the Elder Sherrick G. Anderson is Pastor.

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    July 19, 2011 7:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tneshia Williams

    My prayers are with you and your family Mr. Sapp. May God continue to bless you all.

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    July 19, 2011 4:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Melanee Salley

    To Rev Marvin Sapp
    I have read the good thing that ur wife has done but I will keep u and ur family in prayer I always listen to ur songs all of the time ur sing are very good but I just like listening to ur songs keep up the good work and I just hope that u will come out with a new song but right now I listen to all of them all of the time but I will keep u and ur family in prayer

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    July 19, 2011 5:12 amPosted 2 years ago
    julia Karanja

    I was following the TBN this morning from kenya when you were sharing about the loss of your wife. I know for sure that the grace of God shall keep your heart and soul secure and grant you abundant grace as you understand that your wife’s time had come and she had to go because like Jesus told us in (John 14: 1-4) that he went to prepare a place for us and he will come and take us with him. Malinda’s place was ready and thats why she went .
    Pastor Marvin you are a blessing to many and may God bless and keep you always and daily and forever fill the gap that Malinda left. He is faithful to do it.Amen

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