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Meeting Recap

Dr Marion Platt - Star Gospel Mission

One of the most inspiring stories we have heard in a long time! Rev. Dr. Marion Platt from Star Gospel Mission, a local faith-based ministry serving homeless men since 1904, longer than Rotary has been in existence!

Reverend Dr. Marion Platt is the sixth Executive Director and Pastor of Star Gospel Mission’s 120- year history. A native of Charleston, Marion served two enlistments as a U.S. Army infantryman before embarking on a nineteen-year ministry with The Salvation Army. He has held executive, academic, and pastoral roles in several cities across the South; he earned his doctoral degree from Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville) and is a sought-after lecturer, evangelist, and revivalist. Marion has been a Rotarian for 19 years, sits on the Board of Directors for Trident United Way, and serves on the Faith-Based Advisory Council of the International African American Museum in Charleston.

Founded in 1904, Star Gospel Mission is Charleston’s oldest independent faith-based charity, and today it continues to extend a hand up through Christ’s love to people struggling with economic, emotional, spiritual and physical hardships.

They provide transitional housing options for men facing homelessness and strive to prove that a man’s worst moment is not the sum of his life. They provide counseling, training, and other services to equip our guests to become productive, interdependent members of the Charleston community.

Most importantly, they offer hope through the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone who is seeking spiritual transformation. If you would like to learn more, they host 45 minute tours of their programs monthly or you can visit their website:

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