Our President Bio


Pastor Marvin Hightower was born and raised in Peoria and is the youngest son of the late Pastor Calvin and Marilyn Hightower of New Morning Star.

Pastor Marvin currently serves as Senior Pastor of Liberty Church of Peoria located at 2828 W. Flint St. Liberty Church is a vibrant Christian church that believes in “Ministering Life through the Word.”

Pastor Hightower graduated from the Peoria Public School District and went on to graduate from World Harvest Bible College, now known as Valor Christian College located in Columbus, Ohio.

Upon graduation from World Harvest Bible College, he served under the leadership of Pastor Rod Parsley at World Harvest Church as a Lay Leader and Deacon for over 10 years.

At the direction of the Holy Spirit he was led to Liberty Church where he stands on the authority of God’s Word, believes in the exaltation of God’s Son, moves in the power of God the Holy Spirit, and strongly believes in social justice for all.He believes that “Silence is not golden and not an option”.

Immediately after returning to Peoria he joined the Peoria Naacp and became an active member. He has served as an Executive Committee member and as 1st Vice President for the last four years and was elected President in 2016. He also serves as a Board Member of Upgrade Service Corp., Board Member of the Central Illinois Interfaith Alliance, member of The Peoria Area Diversity Employment Action Team (PADEAT), and on the Executive Committee for Alignment Peoria.

Pastor Hightower has been married to Loreece for over 20 years and they have been blessed with two children.