Marcelin, Louis Gérard André
was born to Louis Philippe Jesius Marcelin and Marie Delinois Marcelin on 25 February 1936 in Les Cayes, Haiti. He was raised Catholic and studied for the priesthood for three years under the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a Catholic order.
In 1956 Marcelin converted and joined the Church of God (COG), a Pentecostal group with headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, that began work in Haiti in 1933. In 1957 Marcelin entered the Church of God Biblical Seminary, founded the year before, in Bourdon, Haiti. In 1963 he joined the seminary faculty and married Marie Andrée Manoly, an early graduate of the seminary, with whom he had five children. Marcelin founded the first COG congregation in Bourdon, for which he was the pastor for over a decade.
Marcelin was promoted first to censeur (director of studies), and then to COG Education Director in 1974 In this latter position he supervised ...