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First Lady Marcia Bolden is a Women of Purpose and Power. She can be found operating in various roles including, pastor’s wife, mother, community leader, advocate, ministry leader and friend. Lady Bolden is driven by her desire to fulfill God’s divine call upon her life. She stands as a role model with authenticity and courage. Lady Marcia demonstrates principles of love, valuing herself, as well as others through service and selfless giving; leading through empowerment and inspiration. She has a heart and genuine concern for helping the disadvantaged and disheartened. Lady Marcia makes her presence known through her relentless efforts of advocacy and empowerment. In addition to serving in the ministry with her husband, District Elder Henry Bolden, she is the mother of two children Addison and Henry III. Lady Bolden has been blessed with many gifts as a business professional, public servant and leader in the Peoria community, earning her numerous awards and commendations for outstanding achievement. Active in her community and church, Marcia serves on multiple boards and advisory committees including: Women of Faith in Action Ministry, the Pentecostal Church of Jesus of Christ Leadership Institute, and Board of Directors for local non-profits and school boards. She has played an integral role in raising funds, securing resources and advocating for educational and financial access for underserved populations. As a leader in her own right, Lady Marcia has received numerous awards and recognition for her visionary leadership and advocacy efforts including: the 25 Women in Leadership Award, the Eliza Pindell, YWCA Women in Leadership Philanthropy, Community Service and Volunteerism Award, and the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. David Helman Principal of the Year Award. Additionally, Lady Bolden has received honorable mention for her humanitarian work and civic contributions by Afra Victoria Magazine, for the Renaissance Woman of Color, the Peoria Interbusiness Issues, and Illinois Central College’s Role Model: Profiles of Successful African American Professionals in Peoria, Illinois. Marcia is a graduate of Illinois State University and the University of Phoenix where she earned her BSW and MBA.

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