Dr. Marvin L. Duke is founder and pastor-emeritus of Chesapeake Christian Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. He is a graduate of Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He received a degree of Master of Biblical Studies and Doctor of Ministry from Friends International Christian University. Dr. Marvin Duke and his wife, Beulah, are blessed with two wonderful children, Kristin and Marvin II, and five beautiful grandchildren.

In October 1992, Pastor Duke started Chesapeake Christian Center with his wife Beulah  and a handful of members. With a united faith for a united vision, today, the church has grown from a hotel meeting room, to a school auditorium, to a newly-built multi-million dollar sanctuary in the heart of the inner city, which was dedicated by Dr. Frederick K.C. Price in May 2000.

When asked by other pastors in the Hampton Roads area how he was able to build a multi-million dollar sanctuary in only 6 short years after starting the ministry, Pastor Duke replies…”Peter was the ‘only one’ of the disciples to walk on water, because he was the ‘only one’ to step out of the boat.”

After learning how to truly walk by faith and not by sight through the teaching ministry of    Dr. Frederick K.C. Price, Pastor Duke’s faith was severely tested in 1993 when he was diagnosed and afflicted with stomach cancer. However, choosing not to believe the enemy’s report, he began to exercise “child-like-faith” in 1 Peter 2:24 and Matthew 8:17, and began to say what “God” said about him. Today, Dr. Duke is totally healed by the power of God.

Dr. Duke ministers under the anointing, especially in the areas of Faith, Prayer, Healing and Bible-based Prosperity, and is an Area Director for the Fellowship of International Christian Word of Faith Ministries (FICWFM) established by Dr. Frederick K.C. Price.

Dr. Duke says his greatest joy has been to watch the seasons of God unfold and change the lives of countless numbers of people through the teaching of the Word of Faith.