Dr. Marion Mattie Spellman, also known as Dr. Spellman, transitioned from this temporary life to her eternal home in glory in the early morning hours of Monday, October 30, 2023, at the age of 80 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She was born on March 9, 1943, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Spellman was an extraordinary individual whose life was dedicated to serving and uplifting those in need. She is survived by her beloved husband Bishop Harold Spellman, son Frank P. Coleman and wife Melissa Coleman, and son Toby Murray. She is also survived by her grandchildren Katrina Long and spouse Kareem Long, Casaan Murray, niece Jaqueline Pegues and nephew Ian Pegues. She is also survived by her sister Lori Curry and brother-in-law Andrè Curry, and her nieces Amber Dawn Curry and Quenna Curry, and great-niece Anika Curry.
She was preceded in death by her father Ivrie Pegues, Sr., Stepfather Irvin Bridges, mother Margaret Bridges, brother Ivrie Pegues, Jr., and nephews Judah Andrè Curry and Quinton Pegues.
Dr. Spellman was a loving wife of 42 years to Bishop Harold Spellman. Their strong bond and shared commitment to their faith were evident in their partnership both in life and in ministry. She worshipped and served as Co-Pastor at Peniel Praise Community Church, where she found solace and strength in her faith. Her spiritual journey was an integral part of her life and guided her actions and decisions.
She received her education at Swissvale Elementary and Swissvale High School in Pittsburgh, PA. She also received a Doctorate of Humanities Degree from The Institute of International Studies, Alexandria, VA as well as a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Saint Thomas Christian College, Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Spellman earned the credential of Exhorter from the Church of God, Cleveland, TN and Certification as a Licensed Pastoral Clinical Specialist from the Church of God Chaplains Commission. She believed in the importance of education and used her knowledge to empower and inspire others.
One of the most distinguished recognitions received by Dr. Spellman was the establishment of the “Dr. Marion Spellman Inspiration of Hope Award,” which was inaugurated in her honor during the Church of God 77th International General Assembly in 2018. It is presented to recognize and honor other influential legacy leaders who have made a significant impact in the church at large.
Dr. Spellman’s remarkable journey was marked by her unwavering dedication to the cause of addiction treatment and recovery. Her vision and passion were the driving forces behind the establishment of Peniel Residential Drug/Alcohol Treatment Center over 42 years ago, resulting in countless thousands of lives being restored and impacted through the ministry of Peniel.
With just thirty-five cents and a Word from God, Dr. Spellman started Peniel in 1981, and she served as the Founding President and CEO until the time of her passing.
Her compassion for hurting and broken men and women and their families has been evident from the very beginning. She has always been consumed with a clear vision of creating a place where those struggling with addiction could at last find hope and healing. Dr. Marion Spellman’s memory will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all who knew her. Her dedication to serving the Lord and helping others has left an enduring legacy of hope and healing that will persist for generations to come.
Under Dr. Spellman’s leadership, Peniel has blossomed into a sprawling sanctuary of recovery; embracing individuals in need with open arms and an open heart. She was a true visionary who wholeheartedly believed that every person, regardless of their struggles, deserves a chance at redemption.
Beyond Peniel’s walls, Dr. Spellman’s influence continued to reach far and wide. She was well known as a dynamic speaker, an advocate, a mentor, an author, and a voice of hope for countless under-represented individuals. As a collaborator and a friend, Dr. Spellman’s example has inspired both individuals and organizations to come together in support of those in need. Her passion for spreading the Love of God touched the lives of many and her vision and dedication continue to guide and inspire those who carry on the work that she initiated.
The family wishes to express their profound gratitude for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Peniel Residential Drug/Alcohol Treatment Center – PO Box 250, Johnstown, PA 15907, in honor of Dr. Marion M. Spellman.
Dr. Marion Spellman will forever be remembered for her unwavering commitment to serving others and for her bestowal of compassion, empowerment, and vision that will forever galvanize and guide us all. We honor her incredible journey, and we celebrate her as our Faithful Champion.
Done by the order of the family
this 10th day of November, the year of our Lord 2023.