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Rev. Marvin Collins Griffin

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  • master in religious education degree
    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
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Ebenezer Child Development Center, 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
Tribute to Rev. Griffin Departments
Dr. Marvin C. Griffin, pastor, appointed a new board of directors and began seeking a new director for the Center.
The Board of Directors, Dr. Marvin C. Griffin, Mr. Clemith Houston, Board Chair, Mrs. Orvis Austin, Vice Chair, City of Austin staff and community volunteers gave quality time and effort in the planning of the new facility with the capacity to accommodate 200 children from the Austin community.
Marvin C. Griffin, D. Min.
Tribute to Rev. Griffin, 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
Tribute to Rev. Marvin C. Griffin
Tribute to Rev. Griffin Departments
Reverend Marvin C. Griffin blessed the members of Ebenezer Baptist Church with 42 years of dedicated service. He was a devoted man of God, community leader, and truly a man for all seasons. Under his leadership, Ebenezer Baptist Church flourished and continues to grow in Christian love and devotion. It stands as a beacon light, poised and equipped to win souls for the Kingdom.
Marvin Collins Griffin was born on February 20, 1923 in Wichita, Kansas to Beatrice Howell and William Marvin Collins.
Rev. Griffin began his official ministry on August 31, 1940 at Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church, Dallas Texas. On December 20, 1942 at Greater Bethlehem, he received his "Certificate of Ordination". Between 1951 and 1969, Rev. Griffin served as pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. In July 1969 he began his tenure as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Shortly thereafter, he led the congregation in a Mortgage Burning Ceremony during the celebration of the church's 100th anniversary in November 1975. During his early tenure at Ebenezer he served a two-year term as the first Black president of the Austin Independent School District Board of Directors.
Rev. Griffin served as the corresponding secretary of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Director of Christian EducationEnrichment Program at the National Baptist Fellowship of Churches. He also spent time as a Director and Lecturer for the Teacher TrainingDepartment of the National Baptist Sunday School Congress. He served as an instructor at Ridgecrest, North Carolina, teaching "Pastoral Ministry in the Black Church. Rev. Griffin performed in many other capacities at state and national religious gatherings.
Rev. Griffin had many other accomplishments during his tenure, most notably: • Housing the first " Meals on Wheels" program in East Austin at Ebenezer Baptist Church;
Rev. Griffin retired on July 31, 2011.
Groundbreaking Texas pastor Marvin ..., 9 Jan 2014 [cached]
Groundbreaking Texas pastor Marvin Griffin dies
Groundbreaking Texas pastor Marvin Griffin dies
Marvin Griffin, a Baptist pastor and denominational statesman known for his efforts to improve economic and educational opportunities for African-Americans in Austin, Texas, died Christmas Day 2013 at age 90.
marvin griffin Griffin, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Austin for 42 years, was elected first black president of the Austin Independent School District board of directors in 1978, a tumultuous time when the board was working to integrate public schools.
Under his leadership Ebenezer Baptist Church formed the East Austin Economic Development Corporation in 1988 to provide affordable housing, care for senior adults, a child-development center and other services in its neighborhood. The building that houses the ministry was named the Marvin C. Griffin Building in his honor on his 33rd anniversary as pastor in 2002.
Griffin served as historian of the National Baptist Convention of America Inc., corresponding secretary of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas and director of the Christian education enrichment program at the National Baptist Fellowship of Churches.
Griffin was the first African-American to graduate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned the master in religious education degree to go along with the master of divinity degree he received from Oberlin Graduate School of Theology.
His church was one of the first predominantly black congregations to affiliate with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He was the first African-American to be elected to the BGCT Christian Life Commission in 1970. He ran for the office of BGCT first vice president and won in 1996, after being endorsed by the moderate group Texas Baptists Committed. He served as a trustee at Hardin-Simmons University from 1991 until 1999.
Griffin served as an instructor at Ridgecrest, N.C., teaching "Pastoral Ministry in the Black Church. The Black Southern Baptist Denominational Servants Network honored him in 2007 by presenting him the Kennedy-Boyce Award, named after the first two African-American churches to join the Southern Baptist Convention in 1953.
He voted in his first federal election in 1944, paying the required $1.75 poll tax to cast a ballot for Franklin Roosevelt. He was a delegate at the 1968 National Democratic Convention in Chicago, remembered for riots broken up by Chicago police and the nomination of Vice President Hubert Humphrey after President Johnson declined to seek a second term. Texas Gov. John Connally appointed Griffin to the board of Texas Southern University in 1963.
Griffin was pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, for 16 years before he went to Ebenezer Baptist in 1969. He retired from the pastorate in 2011, donating the Marvin C. Griffin Papers to The Texas Collection at Baylor University.
Board Briefs: Work Session (Jan. 27) | Austin ISD, 28 Jan 2014 [cached]
The board approved a resolution to honor Dr. Marvin C. Griffin, a lifelong learner, community leader and first African American elected to serve as president of the board.
Griffin, who passed away Dec. 25 at the age of 90, was honored for his service to students and families and for working for the successful integration of AISD schools. Griffin was elected to the board of trustees in 1973, and served as vice president from 1977 to 1978 and president from 1978 to 1980. He was a community leader and elder statesman known for his inner calm, class and depth of wisdom.
In the resolution honoring Griffin, trustees described him as a "unifier of people, churches and political parties and an adviser and mentor to numerous national, state and local elected officials."
Marvin ..., 7 Jan 2014 [cached]
Marvin Griffin
Trailblazing African-American pastor Marvin Griffin, a former first vice president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, died Christmas Day at age 90.
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