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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E s24 GETTING INTO POSITION FOR THE PROMISE Delta Praise & Worship Service Inspiration and healing marked Pastor Marvin Sapp’s ministry to Delta Sigma Theta members and guests during the Praise and Worship service on July 24, 2015 at the 52nd National Convention in Houston. In an interview before taking the stage, the member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated explained why he accepted the invitation. “Being that I’m Greek, as well, and I have some connection to the crimson and cream theme, I just thought it would be a wonder-ful idea and concept for me to come and to share my gifts and my talents with Delta Sigma The-ta,” said Rev. Sapp. “I am just honored that they invited me to come to be a part of such a grand occasion.” The performing artist known for songs that open hearts and rouse audiences also is a wid-ower, father and entrepreneur as well as the shepherd of Light-house Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Though fans have their fa-vorites, Sapp said his current preference among all of his songs is “Your Love Wins” – a cut from “You Shall Live,” his new album. “I’m definitely pleased with this project. I haven’t done a CD in four years, so I’m excited about what it’s doing, and hope-fully DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. it will keep on selling the way it’s selling and blessing the lives of peo-ple the way it has.” The singer-songwriter also ex-plained his popular penchant for belting out hymns. “Strangely,” he laughs. “I grew up in a traditional Baptist church and my mother made me learn all of the old songs when I was a little boy, and I didn’t know that they were going to have the type of impact that they have now. So, every now and then, I’ll get up and I’ll string six or seven hymns together. “I’ll put them all together and take a line or two out of them. And I actually do that on my records now too, so it’s kind of like my signature.” Sapp also explained how he man-ages life as a single father after los-ing his wife, MaLinda, to colon can-cer in 2010. “I don’t try to balance it because you can lose balance. I don’t try to juggle it because you can drop it. I BY CINDY GEORGE Delegates attend the Praise and Worship Service at the 52nd National Convention. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES


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