Bishop Marvin Sapp Threw Mom 'Expensive' 80th Birthday Party

Mary Scott
May 08, 2019
08:39 P.M.

Bishop Marvin Sapp teamed up with his brothers to throw their mom an “expensive” 80th birthday party this past weekend, and the renowned singer/preacher/entrepreneur kept fans updated via social media.


Marvin has never hidden the fact that he values family above anything else, and besides prioritizing his role as a father to three kids, he also always showers love on his elderly mother.


The clergyman’s mom, Lodena Sapp Holyfield, turned the Big 8-0 last week, and alongside a lovely picture of the celebrant, Marvin proudly announced that he’ll be giving her “one of the most expensive parties ever.”

“This is my mom Lodena (Sapp) Holyfield. 80yrs ago today she was born into this world. Tomorrow she is having one of the most expensive parties ever!!! And it’s my pleasure to give it to her. Y’all give some birthday love to her today and contact my office for bookings so I can pay for this extravaganza #JustKiddingYall #AboutPaying4ThePartyPart #NotTheBookings”


The “Best In Me” singer later posted an update after the party. Marvin looked dapper in a 3-piece royal blue suit as he wrapped an arm around his smiling mom who rocked a glittering green dress.

The minister has had one of his songs, “Never Would Have Made It” spend 46 weeks at the No. 1 slot

“Reflecting on this past weekend’s events,” he wrote. “My brothers and I gave our mom her 80th birthday party. Thank you all for the shoutouts. Also to all the guest who came thank you for showing her so much love.”


Beyond showering his mother with love and devotion, Marvin is also a committed father who, despite his numerous accolades, identifies fatherhood as his “greatest reward.”

Marvin’s late wife, MaLinda Sapp, died of colon cancer in 2010, making the Michigan native a single dad of one son, Marvin II, and two daughters, Mikaila and Madisson.


“Being a dad, to me it’s the greatest reward ever,” Marvin told The Undefeated last year. “Honestly, that actually means more to me than anything else.”


The minister has had one of his songs, “Never Would Have Made It” spend 46 weeks at the No. 1 slot on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart and is the recipient of numerous awards, including ten Grammy nominations, 22 Stellar Awards, two BET Awards, and many more.

Marvin, 52, is also the founder of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church and Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology (GREAAT), the first performing arts and technology charter school, both located in Michigan.

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