THE REVEREND DR. MARVIN C. ZANDERS, II
“Pastor” as he is known to many of the Saint Paul Disciples, is the anointed, energetic and innovative leader of The Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He is the offspring of the late Mr. Marvin C. Zanders and Mrs. Jacquelyn Johnson Bain. A native of Orlando, Florida, he attended the public schools of Orange County finishing from Edgewater High School. He received his academic preparation from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served Saint Paul A.M.E. Church, Mascotte, Florida, Greater Payne Chapel A.M.E. Church, Jacksonville, Florida and Mount Olive A.M.E. Church, Orlando, Florida.
Pastor Zanders presently serves the prestigious Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church of Jacksonville, Florida. The church has a strong bible study, anointed worship and a heart for reaching souls for Christ. The ministry is involved in strong outreach and evangelism that includes The Light of the Word Radio Broadcast. The church’s stewardship has increased to over $1.5 million for missions and ministry. The administrative offices have been totally enhanced and additional property has been purchased. On June 14, 2008, under the leadership of Bishop McKinley Young, Elder Joseph Sanchez, Pastor and Lady Zanders, the Stewards, Trustees, Officers and Members of Saint Paul A.M.E. Church, Jacksonville, FL, were blessed to burn the $2.5 million dollar mortgage. Much growth as occurred and continues as Saint Paul “Exalts God’s Greatness, Equips God’s People, Evangelizes God’s World, and Expresses God’s Love”.
Widely known for his preaching, teaching, and leadership abilities, Pastor Zanders has been given many responsibilities and tasks. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Episcopal Committee for the African Methodist Episcopal Church; Treasurer/Meeting Planner for The Eleventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; Board of Examiners of the East Annual Conference; Board Member of the Eleventh Episcopal District Enterprise Center; Founder and Chairman of the Board for the Hope Community Development Foundation, Inc.; Board of Christian Education for the Eleventh Episcopal District A.M.E. Church. He has served as Dean of B.F. Lee Seminary and Coordinator of several African Sojourns. Pastor Zanders has appeared on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), traveled to West Africa, South Africa, and the Caribbean Islands for workshops, lectures and sermons. Pastor Zanders was awarded the Doctor of Divinity Degree at the 2007 Baccalaureate Service at Edward Waters College. He is an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and co-owner of the Marvin C. Zanders Funeral Home in Apopka, Florida.
Pastor Zanders receives strong, loyal and spiritual support from his loving wife, Lady Winifred Houston Zanders and their two sons; Marvin Frank Curtis Zanders and Micah Van Zanders. This man of God, faithful servant, and committed leader, believes that God can empower, enable and equip all who desire to be led by Him.
As God sits on high and a new day begins with the rising sun, trust these words in your heart, “The Best Is Yet To Come.”