Archie Morris, II

Pastor

Archie Morris, II is Pastor of the historic True Light Missionary Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, MS. Established in 1903 and is nestled in Downtown Hattiesburg, True Light was instrumental in the fight for Civil Rights and helped to bring about much change during the height of that movement for the people in Greater Hattiesburg. Pastor Morris has served as Senior Pastor of the True Light congregation since April 2004. In those eight years, the church has experienced much steady growth, both numerically and spiritually.

Building on this great foundation, God continues to nurture and develop Pastor Morris’ leadership, the many existing ministries at True Light, as well as some new ministries that began recently. God has given Pastor Morris a vibrant vision for True Light to be a church that exalts the Savior. Our motto is: "The Church where the love of God is Experienced in our worship, Exposed through our teaching and Extended in our witness". Pastor Morris is known to have a passion for fostering better race relationships. Because of that passion, fellowships have been hosted with First Baptist Church, University Baptist Church and Mission Mississippi in an effort to begin serving as the example by joining with various church leadership in the greater Hattiesburg community and the State of Mississippi.

Pastor Morris has been privileged to serve Christian leaders in various capacities, as his diverse teaching and preaching includes hosting leadership conferences and family conferences. He has furthered his development by attending the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education for the past twenty years and the Urban Alternative Church Development Conference in Dallas TX. Pastor Morris served as the co-developer and instructor of the Union Chapel Institute of Biblical Studies in Huntsville, AL and has served during the American Baptist Theological Seminary chapel services. He is affiliated with the nationally known Impact Movement, the NAACP, the National Baptist Convention, the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of MS, the NAACP North American Missions’ Board, and is a member of the Cross Cultural Evangelism Team.

Pastor Morris’ passion for community service has led him to serve as a board member of R3SM, Christian Women’s Job Corp both in Hattiesburg, MS, is a member of the Hattiesburg Pastoral Alliance, and served as the guest representative of the University of Southern Mississippi Presidential Inauguration team. Further, Pastor Morris volunteers with the Hattiesburg Public School District and has a weekly radio broadcast on WORV in Hattiesburg and surrounding areas. He has been granted the opportunity to share God's Word with many churches and organizations locally and nationally, and has ministered internationally in Israel and the Bahamas. In 2006, Pastor Morris and True Light were featured by the University of Southern Mississippi School of Anthropology and Sociology in their documentation on Black, Civil Rights Church studies.

Pastor Morris began his ministerial journey under the Pastorate of Dr. O. Wendell Davis, Pastor of Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL where he grew up. He entered the ministry in 1989 at the age of twenty-five. Pastor Morris served at Union Chapel for three years as an associate minister and in 1992 became the youth minister in a bi-vocational aspect for two years. He joined the Union Chapel staff in a full time capacity in 1994 where he served as Pastor of Youth and Young Adults until 2004.

Pastor Morris is a 1988 graduate of Jacksonville State University with a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice, a 1991 graduate of the American Baptist Theological Seminary of Nashville, TN where he received a Bachelors of Theology, and a 2004 graduate of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, AL where he received a Masters of Divinity.

Pastor Morris met his sweetheart and wife of the past 20 years, the former Felica Paul, in his hometown of Huntsville, AL while she was attending Alabama A&M University, where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Early Childhood Education. She currently serves as an elementary school principal in the Hattiesburg Public School District. Pastor and Sis. Morris have been married since February, 1992.

 
840 North Main Street Hattiesburg, MS 39401 | Phone: 601.583.8739 Fax 601.583.0180 | Email: info@truelightmb.org
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