About us

meet our pastor

              award Marvin G. Spence

Reverend Marvin G. Spence was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  As one of eight children, Rev. Spence began a personal relationship with Jesus Christ while a youth.  From these youthful years to an adult, he has been in the church.  After being baptized, he became involved in various capacities that would aid the ministry of the church.  With his deep passion, he realized God's calling of his gifts and graces.  While answering the Lord's call in his teens, Rev. Spence was licensed in 1989 as a Baptist minister after graduating from Rufus King High School.  Rev. Spence married his high school sweetheart and has three daughters.

In 1991, Rev. Spence journeyed to the United Methodist Church from the Berean Baptist Church where he had served as an Associate Pastor.  He transferred his family and their ministry and membership to St. James UMC in order to minister where the need was the greatest.  Here, Rev. Spence continued his associate pastor tract before being asked to serve as pastor of Henderson Avenue UMC in Beloit, Wisconsin in 1995, where many good things happened during this five years of service.

Appointed in 1999 to Albright UMC in Milwaukee, Rev. Spence has had success in helping cross-cultural communities of faith move to appreciate one another's culture in Christ.  It is here where he instituted the Milwaukee Pan-Methodist Fellowship, leading workshops on Evangelism and Prayer.  He has brought the community together to plan and prepare for Midtown Mall.  The Cabinet of the Wisconsin Annual Conference appointed Rev. Spence to Solomon in June 2004, where he rekindled the flames of ministry until 2014.  As Solomon grew, Pastor Spence presided over the Church of the Good Hope as well.  In 2015, he concluded his twenty-one year journey with the United Methodist Church in serving the Church of the Good Hope and Aldersgate UMC.

As a student, Rev. Spence studied at UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Concordia University receiving his bachelors in Business Administration and Liberal Arts.  His religious studies have rewarded him with a B.A. in Christian Education from Milwaukee Theological Institute and a B.A. in Theology from Covington Theological Seminary in Rossville, Georgia.  He completed Methodist Licensing School at the University of Dubuque School of Theology.  Pastor Spence completed the Course of Study tract for the United Methodist Church at Garrett Evangelical Theology Seminary in Evanston, Illinois and The University of Indianapolis, Indiana.

what we believe

  • The Inspired Scriptures
    The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired and infallible revelation of God to man and the authority…
  • The One True God
    The one true God has revealed Himself as the "I Am," the Creator and Redeemer of mankind. We believe God…
  • The Salvation of Man
    Man's only hope is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Salvation is by faith through grace and demonstrated in…
  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
    Given at Pentecost, we believe the baptism in the holy Spirit is the promise of the Father available to all…


Ascending to be the people God has called us to be. Our hope and vision is to serve the community both spiritually and physically by word and witness. This hope-sustained vision, and spiritual renewal has impelled the church to preserve its mission and ministry. Together, Rev. Spence and the ministries under his leadership have been a living witness that with God all things are possible.