Morris Memorial United Methodist Church

Staff

Dr. Robert Wingfield Kirby III - Senior Pastor
Dr. Robert Wingfield Kirby III
Senior Pastor
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Richard Justice - Minister of Congregational Care
Richard Justice
Minister of Congregational Care
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Erin Borchers - Adminisrative Director
Erin Borchers
Adminisrative Director
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Larry White - Worship Pastor
Larry White
Worship & Music Director
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Bruce Reed - Accompanist
Bruce Reed
Accompanist
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Judy Darr - Accompanist
Judy Darr
Accompanist
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David Leake - Technical Engineer
David Leake
Technical Engineer
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Georgeanne Leake - MEC Director
Georgeanne Leake
MEC Director
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Staff Bio's

Dr. Robert Wingfield Kirby III

Senior Pastor

Dr. Robert Wingfield Kirby III - Senior Pastor With a career spanning nearly fifty years, Dr. Bob Kirby (1) experienced the public and private education sectors, (2) gained extensive retail and wholesale business expertise, (3) developed a referral based residential real estate business as a broker, (4) founded and ran five businesses, and most recently (5) followed the call to the ministry leading small, medium, and large congregations—with multiple staff in complex settings—since 2003.  He is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church.

Bob's educational background as a gifted teacher with a master's degree in business management, a master of divinity degree, and a doctorate in church leadership, coupled with his vast experience in the business world, have given him a unique and valuable perspective.  Dr. Bob Kirby brings all of this to bear with his personal coaching clients, as well as in his coaching for organizational development and strategic planning in business and congregational settings.

  Dr. Bob Kirby is also a certified Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist (TIIMS), currently serving on their national board of directors, and he connects the effectiveness of his coaching approach as an International Coach Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC) to the interim ministry, which gives his processes even greater positive impact on local congregations.

  Bob knows that the critical key to moving ourselves and our organizations forward is for us to gain greater clarity, and as we better understand who we are as well as what we are to accomplish, we will have uncovered many of the vital elements that will successfully move us ahead, not only to be a better version of ourselves, but to be all we were created to be.

Richard Justice

Minister of Congregational Care

Richard Justice - Minister of Congregational Care Richard is an ordained associate member of the United Methodist Church.

He retired in 2018 after serving churches in southern and north-central West Virginia for approximately 25 years.

Nancy and I have been married for 47 years.

Their son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren live in Beckley.

Before his calling into the ministry he was an underground coal miner for 17 years.

Erin Borchers

Administrative Director

Erin Borchers - Adminisrative Director 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.

Larry White

Worship and Music Director

Larry White - Worship Pastor 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:

Bruce Reed

Accompanist

Bruce Reed - Accompanist 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.

Judy Darr

Church Organist

Judy Darr - Accompanist 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.

David Leake

Sound and Technical Engineer

David Leake - 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.

Georgeanne Leake

Morris Enrichment Center Director

Georgeanne Leake - MEC 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.