Elder Marvin F. Blackwell was born October 15, 1966 in Dallas Texas to the union of Mr. Marvin Matthew Blackwell and Mrs. Maxine Virginia Blackwell. He is the youngest of six siblings, four sisters and two brothers.
Elder Blackwell was raised in the city of Dallas and received his early education in the Dallas Independent School District. He graduated from David W. Carter High School in 1985 where he was a member of the football and track team. Because of his athletic successes he was offered and accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Angelo State University in 1985. While attending Angelo State University he focused his studies in Sociology and Psychology.
After leaving Angelo State University in July of 1987 Pastor Blackwell enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was trained and certified as a Fire Protection Specialist. Pastor Blackwell served in the United States Air Force until December of 1990.
After returning to Dallas Texas in early 1991 Elder Blackwell met the love of his life Ms. Shinika Hardin. In August of 1992 Elder Blackwell and Ms. Hardin entered into the bonds of holy matrimony. Elder and Lady Blackwells union produced two sons, Kahlil Blackwell and Rahzil Blackwell.
In April 1993 Pastor Blackwell rededicated his life to Jesus Christ and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost at his childhood church home Full Gospel Holy Temple under the ministry of the late Apostle Lobias Murray.
In October of 1996 Elder Blackwell left FGHT and became a member of House of Praise Church under the ministry of Bishop Jesse Smith. He was ordained as Deacon in 1997, and served faithfully as Sunday School and Bible Study Teacher.
In 1999 Elder Blackwell accepted his call as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and received his license as a Minister of the Gospel while serving at the House of Praise Church.
It was in the month of August of 2001 when Elder Blackwell founded Hebron Community Church after receiving direction from God in prayer. He was ordained as Elder and installed as Pastor of Hebron Community Church by Bishop Jesse Smith of House of Praise Church.
Elder Blackwell has served as Pastor and Overseer of Hebron Community Church for the past 19 years. Under his ministry many souls have been saved and filled with the Holy Ghost, sick bodies have been healed, drug addicts have been delivered, and the poor have gained health financially thru the anointed preaching and teaching of the Word of God. Further, minsters and deacons have been trained, licensed and ordained. Auxillary ministries that serve the local church and the community at large have been established and continue to thrive.
Our First Lady Shinika Blackwell was born May 26, 1974 to the union of Mr. Bobby Biggins and Mrs. Joyce Hardin. She is the eldest of two siblings. She received her early childhood education in the Dallas Independent School District and received her GED from El Centro College in 1991.
First Lady Blackwell met and married Elder Marvin Blackwell in July of 1992 and to their union was born two sons Kahlil and Rahzil Blackwell. It was in May of 1993 on a Saturday night that Sis. Blackwell was saved and baptized in the Holy Ghost at Full Gospel Holy Temple under the ministry of the late Apostle Lobias Murray. It was under the ministry of Apostle Lobias Murray and Dr. Shirley Murray that she received her foundational Christian teachings.
In August of 2001 Lady Blackwell cofounded the ministry at Hebron Community Church with her husband Elder Marvin Blackwell. Lady Blackwell was subsequently licensed and ordained as an Evangelist/Teacher after examination and completing courses at Hebron Community Church Bible School. Lady Blackwell has served in various roles over the course of the past 20 years in the work of the ministry at Hebron Community Church. She has served as Sunday School teacher, choir director, church treasurer, youth coordinator and the list goes on and on. She is truly a living example of a humble and obedient servant of Christ. She now serves on the Board of Elders and is President of the Women’s Department (WOE). Her desire is to see lives changed thru the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and help believers grow in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
God has given Lady Blackwell a powerful testimony of His healing and sustaining power thru sickness and disease, and the experience of miraculous healing of incurable disease. Thru her ministry of the Word of Grace many believers have been strengthened and encouraged to trust God and stand in the midst of the storms of life!