Our Mission & Vision
The mission of Bridging The Gap Ministries is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples throughout all the nations. As members of Bridging The Gap Ministries, we are committed to serve as Christ’s ambassadors through whom the Holy Spirit bridges the gap between God and man, races, genders, socioeconomic differences, cultures, families, Christian beliefs and other barriers that keep us & them from pursuing and having a more personal and intimate relationship with God.
Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Pastor Marv Hodges, Senior Pastor
As the primary teaching pastor, Pastor Marv has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture. He and his wife have three children & four grandchildren.
Pastor Marv, was born and raised in NE Ohio and has had a magnificent, God-directed journey leading to an undying service to the Lord Jesus Christ. Marked from birth, there were pastors in every generation on his father’s side of the family dating back to the early 19th century.
The expedition began with being raised during the tumultuous ‘60s and ‘70s, witnessing what was deemed contradictory to his Christian upbringing. His journey led him to investigate and research a variety of world views including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam, Taoism, Rosicrucian & Rastafarian to name a few.
Very much in the world at the time, Pastor Marv chased after the secular lifestyle trying to fill a God sized void in his life before giving himself to the Lord in December of 1988. However, he learned the hard way that there was much more to becoming a Christian than receiving “fire insurance”.
It was during this period that Pastor Marv finally made a serious heart felt and complete life changing commitment to serve the Lord with every fiber of his being.
Pastor Marv was licensed in the State of Ohio in 1993 & was ordained in 2003. He attended University of Akron and graduated from The Ohio State University. For the approximately fifteen years he studied advanced biblical teachings under Dr. Ray Wolfe with several other octogenarians. Dr. Wolfe, Professor of Hebrew/Greek Studies and former Dean of Moody Bible Institute Night School.
Pastor Marv & his wife Pastor Mary Michel founded Bridging The Gap Ministries and had their first service January 7, 2007 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Prior to starting their ministry, Pastor Marv served as Youth Pastor & Associate Pastor at The Father’s House (formerly Grace Fellowship) in Norton, Ohio.
Pastor Marv has a tremendous love for God’s Word as well as people. He is an equipping pastor seeking to facilitate & assist in the spiritual growth & edification of the saints by the leading & empowering of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Mary Michel, Administrative Pastor with husband Pastor Marv Hodges, Senior Pastor
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