Pastor Pat's Biography

Welcome to St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Fleetwood! My name is Patrick W. Morris and I serve as the Senior Pastor. My ministry in Fleetwood officially began on December 31, 2008. Previously, I served as Co-Pastor at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Amityville, Pennsylvania, along with my wife The Rev. Sharon S. Morris. I served St. Paul's in Amityville for nearly 18 years.

I grew up in Rockingham County, Virginia on a farm along the Shenandoah River near Elkton, Virginia. My twin brother Mike and I are 6th and 7th of 8 children born to my parents Elzie and Carrie Morris. I loved the farm and my original plan was to be a farmer. Upon graduating high school, I attended one semester at Virginia Tech only to return to the family farm. Sharon and I were married in 1975 and we started our family.

Daughter Jessica who was born in 1978 and son Patrick Jr., born in 1982. Eventually Sharon and I were farming on our own operating a dairy and poultry farm on the family farm.

It was about this same time that I felt a call on my life to enter into the ministry. Sharon and I were very active in our home church, Friedens United Church of Christ in Mt. Crawford, Virginia. Following six years of discernment Sharon and I decided that it was time to leave the farm and for me to prepare myself for the ordained ministry. I attended Easter Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg Virginia, while completing my undergraduate degree at James Madison University also in Harrisonburg. In August of 1990 my family and I moved to Pennsylvania where I completed my master of divinity degree at Lancaster Theological Seminary. While a student at Lancaster, I served as the student pastor at St. Paul's in Amityville. In 1992 I was elected the pastor at St. Paul's where I served until December 30, 2007.

Our children have grown into wonderful adults with families of their own. Daughter Jessica is married to Mike Ring and along with daughters Alex and Ella live in Forked River, NJ. Jessica is an elementary school assistant principal and Mike is an ATM technician.

Son Patrick, his wife Bridget, daughter Hannah and son Ian live in York, PA. Patrick is the Athletic Trainer at Red Lion High School. Bridget works in the medical field..

I enjoy parish ministry very much and I look forward to a long and faithful ministry at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Fleetwood!

Reverend Patrick W. Morris
Senior Pastor, St. Paul's U.C.C.
Fleetwood, PA 19522

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