Born into a simple existence in San Juan in Trinidad & Tobago in 1975, Marvin shot to fame as a young footballer in 1992 and five years later moved across the Atlantic to sign for Scottish side Raith Rovers.
After a spell with Livingston, Marvin got his big break in 2004 when he was signed by Glasgow Rangers. Marvin instantly became an integral part of the side that later that season won the league & cup double.
During 2005, Marvin sustained a career-threatening knee injury and was told by medical experts that he would not play for almost one year. However, after being prayed for at his local church, he made an astonishing comeback just two weeks later.
And his comeback could not have come at a better time – with just five games of the season left to play, Rangers trailed arch-rivals Celtic by seven points and the dream of winning the league championship seemed all but lost.
But mighty man of God Marvin’s mantra of ‘keep believing’ was something the team held on to even when their prospects of silverware diminished. And after a superb late run of form, Rangers won the title with just two minutes of the season remaining after a dramatic late change of fortunes, a feat that went on to become known to many as ‘Helicopter Sunday’.
After scooping Rangers’ Play of the Season award, Marvin continued a glittering career at Ibrox before going on to play for several other clubs both north and south of the border.
His crowning glory came shortly after, when against all the odds he helped unfancied Trinidad & Tobago quality for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany – their first ever appearance at the tournament. Marvin secured a total of 99 international caps for his country, nicknamed the Soca Warriors, scoring ten goals.
Now mixing semi-professional football with a travelling ministry, Marvin is also a pastor at the Zion Praise Center International church in Kirkcaldy, Fife, and has a powerful healing ministry that is faithfully obedient to the transforming authority of the Holy Spirit.
Marvin will be overseeing a football skills coaching session during the daytime on Saturday July 5 at The Birchwood Leisure Centre, and will be presenting a short talk, along with a question and answer session in the evening at the nearby Birchwood Methodist Church Building. On Sunday July 6, Marvin will be speaking at Life Church Lincoln at our service from 10.00am until 11.45am at the Showroom Conference Centre, Tritton Road, Lincoln, LN6 7QY.
Life Church are excited to be welcoming Marvin to be with us – we hope you will join us to hear all about this truly remarkable man