Take me back to the Oral History landing page.


Marlon Young - Tumultuous 2020

Marlon Young, pastor of Morning Glory Community Church in Peoria, Illinois, details his background and the experiences that led him to founding the church with his late wife, Kay, in the early 2000s. He outlines the variety of physical spaces the church occupied that led up to their current building. Young also describes key events in the church's history prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a significant growth in congregants. The COVID-19 pandemic was devastating, but Young describes the creativity involved that kept the church afloat and congregants engaged.

Interview Links

Feature Excerpt

Being Creative

Abstract

Interview Session (Audio)


Photos

Caption: This was the first location of Morning Glory Community Church as it looked in October of 2000 in Peoria, Illinois.

Where: Peoria, Illinois

When: October 2000 

Ownership: Narrator’s Photo

Caption: Morning Glory Community Church’s second location on 3405 SW Adams Street. Services and community events were held there from 2008 to 2016 in Peoria, Illinois.

Where: Peoria, Illinois

When: Unknown 

Ownership: Narrator’s Photo

Caption: Morning Glory Community Church’s location since 2016, on 2906 N. Twelve Oaks Drive, Peoria, Illinois.

Where: Peoria, Illinois

When: Unknown

Ownership: Narrator’s Photo


Caption: Marlon Young’s mother, Ella Washington, in 2019 in Peoria, Illinois. She was known as “Mother Ella” at the church.

Where: Peoria, Illinois

When: 2019

Ownership: Narrator’s Photo

Caption: Marlon Young stands on the stage of Morning Glory Community Church in December of 2020 during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in Peoria, Illinois.

Where: Peoria, Illinois

When: December 2020

Ownership: Narrator’s Photo

Caption: Marlon Young with a vaccine clinician received his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (now called Cormirnaty) in March 2021 in Peoria, Illinois.

Where: Peoria, Illinois

When: March 2021

Ownership: Narrator’s Photo

Caption: Young with his wife, Zina Young, at Morning Glory Community Church in August 2021 in Peoria, Illinois. (Narrator’s photo).

Where: Peoria, Illinois

When: August 2021

Ownership: Narrator’s Photo

Caption: Community members and church goers alike attended “A Day of Glory,” an event held annually by Morning Glory Community Church. It was held in September of 2021 in Peoria, Illinois.

Where: Peoria, Illinois

When: September 2021

Ownership: Narrator’s Photo

Caption: A bulletin advertising the 2021 “A Day with Glory,” an annual event put on by Morning Glory Community Church in Peoria, Illinois.

Where: Peoria, Illinois

When: September 2021

Ownership: Narrator’s Photo

Caption: Young’s pastor and friend, Wesley Arije, and his wife, Pastor Betty, with their granddaughter in 2021 in Peoria, Illinois.

Where: Peoria, Illinois

When: 2021

Ownership: Narrator’s Photo



Social Links