Our Pastor

Born Sep.  13, 1967, in Kingsport, Tenn., Morris was baptized and confirmed at Concordia Lutheran Church.  An Eagle Scout, he attended Radford University (B.A. in 1989) and Virginia Union University School of Theology (Valedictorian, M.Div. in 2001).  He completed a full unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond (1999).  Prior to going into ministry, he worked in radio broadcasting at 98.5 WTFM in Kingsport, Tenn.; Marketing Director at Chesterfield Town Center in Midlothian; and in-game operations for the Richmond Renegades Hockey Club (East Coast Hockey League).

He connected with The United Methodist Church at River Road UMC in Richmond, Virginia and served  as Youth Pastor for Skipwith UMC-Richmond while moving through the ministry candidacy process.  He became a full-time Local Pastor in the Virginia Conference in June of 1997.  His other appointments include Prospect/Olive Branch/Smyrna–Farmville District (1997-99), Pamplin/Centenary/Piney Ridge/Evergreen–Farmville District (1999-2000), Pleasant Grove–Danville District (2000-2005), Blacksburg (Associate Pastor, 2005-08), and Newport-Mt. Olivet (Roanoke Dist.) since 2008.  He has served on The United Methodist Board of Church & Society at both Conference and District levels and recently completed EarthKeepers training at The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries.  He was one of the founding members of the To Our House winter/thermal shelter for homeless men in New River Valley and has served as an officer on the board of TOH for the past 10 years.  His interests include ice hockey (avid Washington Capitals fan!) and college football (especially the University of Tennessee), community theater, and military history.

He has served on the Selection Team for Leading Lights of the New River Valley, an organization that annually recognizes dedicated volunteerism and service.  He is also the former president (two three-year terms) of the Giles County Christian Service Mission, a non-profit organization that serves the neediest families/individuals in Giles County (food, clothing, diapers, utility assistance, etc.).  Since 2012, he has been on the board of the Giles County Emergency Shelter (a.k.a., The Hope House) located in Narrows, Va. (Giles County).  He is also on the Giles County Local Board for the Federal Emergency Food & Shelter Program and is part of the THRIVE: Food Access Network.  He and his of 29 years, Marcie, reside in Christiansburg with their son, Matt (24), and daughter, Melanie (17).

Some of his favorite Christian authors include Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Barbara Brown Taylor, Henri J. M. Nouwen, Richard Rohr, and Frederick Buechner.

Preaching in his Pittsburgh Penguins jersey following a children’s message on priorities…