Bishop Marshall S. McGill is the founder and senior pastor of the Kingdom Metropolitan Worship Centre in Columbus. He has lived a life focused on helping and guiding others.
For much of his life, he had believed that he would enter law practice, but ultimately he found a new calling in worship.
He has been married to his wife for the past three decades. He and Pastor Teresa McGill have formed a wonderful family together, finding a beautiful love through their worship and love. They have raised four wonderful children together.
Bishop Marshall S. McGill was a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. He received this honor in march of 2017 and received a letter from President Barack Obama. Obama’s letter focused on the volunteer and community support that McGill has given through his service. Marshall has displayed impressive leadership and commitment to the community that has brought brightness and kindness to countless lives.
Marshall and his wife were happy to receive this recognition but took it with humility in mind. Service is its own reward and should be done for the love of the lord and his creations.
Part of his commitment to volunteerism has been his work with the handicapped and underprivileged children of the world. He opened the Marshall McHill Children’s Home in India, which has provided food and shelter to more than 300 children at any given time.
The Kingdom Metropolitan Worship Centre is mission-oriented, and the McGills have done a great deal of good work through the church.
Marshall McGill says that this church was one of the first to provide aid to victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, as well as Haiti in the aftermath of Hurrican Matthew.
McGill met his wife at Alabama A&M where he was a member of the track team.
He joined the Army soon after graduation and, upon assignment to Fort Benning, he fell in love with Columbus, Ohio. In the years since, he has become more and more involved with religion, having studied at Oral Roberts University and the Billy Graham School of Evangelism.
Bishop Marshall S. McGill’s past work also includes Chaplain for the Columbus Council and the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office.
He founded the Bainbridge Christian Centre in Bainbridge, Georgia, as well as the Tallahassee Christian Centre in Tallahassee Florida.
He is a well respected and evocative speaker, and he has given speeches internationally and locally.
Marshall S. McGill has developed a lifelong dedication to the community and believes that for others who want to know where they are needed, they need to look to the community leaders. There is never a shortage of good work to be done in the world, and never a surplus of hands to be placed.
Bishop Marshall S. McGill on How Volunteering Keeps You Healthy
Doing good can often feel good, and there may be evidence that volunteer work is more than just a feel-good activity. It’s easy to understand why volunteer work can make you feel good; When we take time off to put the work in and make other people’s lives better, it makes us feel like a part of something bigger. During difficult times like the one we find ourselves in now, people are finding little ways to make things manageable for others.
A new study published in the Psychological Bulletin suggests that volunteer work can help improve the health and well-being of not only the recipient but also the giver.
The lead author told Forbes that “…our analysis shows that [prosocial behavior’ also contributes to mental and physical health.” The study looked at nearly two hundred thousand participants in order to look for a connection between ‘prosocial behavior’ and well-being. The connection between them is small but notable
The study found a closer relationship between random acts of kindness is more strongly associated than more formal acts – So helping a sick neighbor take their trash to the curb might feel better than a weekly shift at a soup kitchen.
Formal acts of kindness like this are still beneficial, but the lead researcher pointed out that casual kindness emphasizes community and connections. As social creatures, we seek out these connections and are boosted by them. Women in particular seem more sensitive to the feelings of well-being that arise from volunteering and prosocial behavior. This may be partly due to how women tend to be socialized towards caring and giving roles, whereas men are socialized towards extreme independence. This difference in socialization causes men to tend towards resisting the connective qualities of volunteering, while women tend to be better at accepting the connections.
Compassion is an excellent thing in all walks of life. The world may face fewer problems if we were able to more readily offer ourselves to each other in volunteer work and activism. It’s hard to make the time and work up the energy to connect to our fellow man, but that is the essence of what it means to live out active and charitable lives. It’s wonderful to know that these activities are healthy and promote well-being, but doing good is its own reward, and we should be willing to take the time to support each other for no other reason than that we are able to help.