Worship & Music Director
Pastor Mark is a third generation United Methodist pastor. He sensed a call to ministry as a teenager. He holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Methodist Theological School and Seminary in Delaware, Ohio. Pastor Mark is passionate about preaching and teaching the Word of God.
- Plans worship and preaches
- Leads a chapel service for the children of the Morris Enrichment Center
- Teaches bible study classes
- Assists Associate Pastor with Pastoral Care
- Conducts weddings and funerals
- Works closely with Administrative Board in the operations of church
- Works with the Council on Ministries in planning the church's programming
- Works with other groups and team leaders in the church
Steve was born and raised near Weston, WV. He has a BA in Bible from Asbury University and a M.Div. from Asbury Seminary, both located in Wilmore, Ky. After serving 34 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor here in our state, Steve retired and took a part-time Assistant Pastor position at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in 2016. He is primarily responsible for Pastoral Care, but also occasionally fills in for the lead pastor by preaching and leading Bible Study.
Associate Pastor also works closely with Senior Pastor in the following ways:
- Provides Pastoral Care needs for home bound members and constituents in homes and nursing homes Provides Pastoral Care in hospital
- Provides Pastoral Care to members and constituents dealing with crises of various kinds
- Makes contact with those who visit our worship services
- Consults with Administrative Director and Senior Pastor regarding all activities and scheduling
- Teaches classes when requested
- Plans worship services and preaches when needed
- Other duties as assigned and requested by Senior Pastor
Erin was born in Charleston, WV, and after moving back from New Jersey, now resides in Hurricane, WV. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from West Virginia University. She and her husband, Scott, have been married for 18 years and have one son. She joined the Morris Memorial staff in 2006.
- Serves as the Administrative lead for the Senior and Associate Pastor plus the Morris Enrichment Director
- Communicates with members of the congregation, other churches, and the community
- Prepares bulletins, Power Point presentations, monthly newsletters, and annual reports
- Completes payroll, tax payments, all account payables, and all finance reports
- Handles daily office duties, schedules the church calendar, and orders supplies
Worship and Music Director
Larry holds a BS in Business Administration and Economics from West Virginia Institute of Technology, Graduate work MBA from WVCOGS and Marshall University. He has completed classes in Directing Music from Morris Harvey College. Larry worked 12 years as Statistician and Chief of Statistics for the Department of Human Service. He just recently retired after 28 years from the Department of Education as Director of Research and Assessment. He spent many years in Education in technology where he served as Chair of Information Technology Council. He has also worked on statistical analysis for several Doctoral students from West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan and Florida. He has worked part-time at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church for the last 40 years as Worship and Music Director. He enjoys his work at Morris. He has worked with several Pastors over the years with worship and music directing and assisting:
- Congregational singing
- Adult Chancel Choir
- Special Services
- Directing Community Choirs
- Praise Band (Guitarist)
- Special Singing-Soloist, Duets, Trios, Quartets, and Musicians
- Brothers in the Cross-Ministry and Mission from Morris Memorial
- Working with Technical Staff
Bruce holds a BA in Church Music, Masters Degree in Divinity and Counseling. He has also earned two Doctor of Ministries degrees. After 30 years of pastoring local United Methodist Churches, Bruce began serving full-time as a Chaplain and Director of Family Programs for the West Virginia National Guard. He retired from both the WV Annual Conference and the WV National Guard in 2013. Bruce started his music ministry at Morris in 2005 and has been the Morris' Accompanist for nearly 13 years. He counts it a holy privilege to share in the amazing music ministry of Morris Memorial.
- Associate Professor, Doctor of Executive Leadership Program at the University of Charleston
- Member, WV Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
- Assists Music Minister of Morris Memorial United Methodist Church
- Chancel Choir
- Keyboard leadership for worship services
- Morris Praise Band
- Provides occasional sermons and sacraments in the absence of the pastors
Judy was born in Mali, West Africa, where she lived until she was 16. She has lived in WV since 1987. She has a Board of Regents Degree from Marshall University and a Master's Degree from WVU. Judy has four children and 11 grandchildren. She has been the organist at Morris since 1999.
- Accompany choirs (or pasts thereof), vocalists, musicians, ensembles, and other musical groups in rehearsals and during performances in regularly schedule church services and special services requested
- Works closely with other church staff to provide a smooth flow of the church services
- Fills in on the piano when needed
Sound and Technical Engineer
David Leake is the Audio/Visual Tech at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church. He was raised in East Bank, WV, and moved to Charleston, WV after returning from his enlistment in the Air Force where he was trained as a Photographer. Dave is an awarding winning News photographer, where he was employer at WSAZ for over 30 years. His awards include Region 3 National Press Photographers, TV Photographer of the Year in 1977, and 3 times WV News Photographer of the Year. He also worked freelance with VMI Productions in many positions, and was also employed by MCSI, an Audio-Visual Supply company. He retired from Pile Hardware.
Dave joined the Staff at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in 2010 and takes care of all A/V equipment, making sure it is available to help spread Gods word.
- Supervises all sound and technical volunteer staff
- Ensures appropriate lighting for all services and programs
- Handles recording of all church services, programs, and other services such as funerals and weddings
- Consults with all staff regarding scheduling of all programs and activities
Morris Enrichment Center Director
Georgeanne Leake is the Director of Morris Enrichment Center at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church.
Georgeanne came to Morris after spending 21 years in Brazil working as a missionary teacher.
She graduated from Southern College in Houston, Texas, with a BA in education and received a MA from the School of Bible Theology of San Jacinto, California.
On her return to West Virginia she taught for Teays Valley Christian School as a substitute for two years and accepted a teacher position with Bream Center.
She completed a two year program for early childhood titled ACDS in December of 2017.
Having taught several years decided to retire which lasted two months and came to Morris Enrichment Center.