Gospel singer Marvin Sapp, who was consecrated Friday to become bishop over the Central Province of Global United Fellowship during a ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida, says part of his mission is to carry on the vision established by Bishop Neil C. Ellis, who started the cross-denominational fellowship of spiritual leaders in 2013.

“My first order of business is making sure the established vision of Bishop Neil C. Ellis is getting into the hearts and minds of all of those who are connected to the GUF family. That’s just creating and making sure that we, as individuals, maintain that love relationship — that fellowship relationship and koinonia that the Bible talks about — which is key and most important,” Sapp told The Christian Post during an interview on Friday.

“It’s just about fellowship, really, and remaining connected, one with another. And if I do that, I believe that a part of my assignment will be accomplished.”

Sapp, the 49-year-old senior pastor of Grand Rapids Lighthouse Full Life Center, who will now oversee 15 churches in the Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri areas, also spoke about his short-term goals as bishop over the Central Province of GUF.

“It means a lot to me because number one, I’ve been functioning in the office of bishop designate for over a year doing work, interacting and meeting with pastors,” said Sapp, who was accompanied by a delegation of his congregants along with 13 members of his family to the ceremony, which was attended by spiritual leaders such as bishop Ellis and Juanita Bynum

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