Bishop Ernest C. Morris, Sr., Founder & Jurisdictional Prelate

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Mount Airy Church of God in Christ was founded as a tiny storefront mission with a congregation of 16 Sunday School children in May 1966.

From this beginning, God has blessed the vision and Mount Airy Church of God in Christ has grown to a landmark church numbering more than 3,000 persons, with a uniquely far reaching ministry. The roster of working auxiliaries and ministries number more than 80 providing in-house and community social services. 

In addition, Mt. Airy owned and operated Bethesda Manor, a full service shelter for more than 190 homeless men and ex-offenders, providing medical treatment, drug rehabilitation, and vocational training. At present, Mount Airy manages theStenton Family Manor, a full service family shelter which houses and provides counseling and skills training for more than 250 abused and displaced women and children. Mount Airy has also recently provided service to more than 500 women on site through the Welfare to Work program.

In 1998, Bishop Morris and Mount Airy completed construction and dedicateda 37,000 sq. ft., 3,000 seat sanctuary on a 4.5 acre site, and an adjoining 36,000 sq. ft. educational building which houses executive offices, chapel, dining areas, assembly halls, and approximately 35 classrooms.

In 1999, The Church of God in Christ honored Bishop Morris for his service and faithfulness with the high honor of Bishop of Bermuda. In 2001, God led Bishop Morris to the office of Bishop of the Koinonia Jurisdiction here in Pennsylvania.

From its inception, Mount Airy Church of God in Christ under dynamic leadership of the God-Gifted Pastor, has been called a "Miracle" church. Moving from location to location, outgrowing, moving, building, burning mortgage after mortgage in record breaking time. Bishop Morris has expanded and rem,odeled site after site without incurring loans, while at the same time expanding ministries to include full and part-time staff in excess of 150, and an annual budget in excess of $5,000,000.00.

Although a much sought after lecturer, teacher, and conference speaker and teacher, Bishop Morris continues to be a humble prayerful, and dedicated servant of the people, who is ever seeking ways to serve God as he serves his people.

Bishop Morris is the compiler and author of numerous pamphlets, manuals, study guides and seminar packages on Church Growth, Leadership Training, Discipleship, and Secrets of Successful Ministry.

A man of numerous energy, who gives himself to his community, Bishop Morris serves on numerous boards, advisory committees, civic organizations, and councils.

Bishop Morris and his wife, Winifred W. Morris, herself a nationally known speaker, lecturer, and seminar leader in her own right, are the parents of four children: Tanya (Mrs. Clifford Bardliving), Carla (Mrs. Samuel L. Greene), Ernest Jr. and Jennifer (Mrs. Wayne Brockington). They are the proud grandparents of five: Cameron, Amber, Christopher, Stephanie and Gabrielle.

Education / Citations

Philadelphia Public Schools
Philadelphia College of Bible
American Bible College (Conferred Doctor of Divinity Degree)
Citation of Excellence, Chapel of the four Chaplains
Citation by Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Citation by Pennsylvania Senate
Citation by City Council
Citation by Pennsylvania Governors Tom Ridge
Citations by Mayors Ed Rendell and John F. Street
Citations by U.S. House and Senate
Cited by “Who’s Who in American Religion”

Pastoral Achievements

Mount Airy Church of God In Christ was founded as a tiny storefront mission with a congregation of 16 Sunday school children in May 1966.

June 2003, at the church’s 37th Anniversary, Mount Airy Church of God In Christ had grown to a landmark church numbering more than three-thousand persons, with an uniquely tax-reaching ministry.

The roster of working auxiliaries and ministries numbers more than seventy, and includes such visionary ministries as the following:

Senior Citizen’ programs
Family Services and counseling
Tutoring
Adult literacy programs
Home and Foreign Mission outreach
Mount Airy Christian Day School
After school programs
Hospital
Nursing Homes
Prison
Day Camps
Athletic (health and fitness)
Food Programs
Drama Guild
Social Service- (outreach ministry on all level)

Mt. Airy owned and operated Bethesda Manor, a full shelter for more than one hundred ninety (190) homeless men, providing medical treatment, drug therapy and rehabilitation and vocational training, along with a special program for returning ex-offenders to the community.

The ministry continue with the Stenton Manor, a full family shelter which houses and provides counseling and skill training for more than two hundred fifty(250) abused and displaced women and children, the church served more than two hundred seventy (270) welfare to work women.

Bishop Morris completed the construction of a magnificent three-thousand (3000) seat sanctuary on a 4 ½ acre site and a 36,000 ministry building, housing executive offices, chapel and approximately 35 classrooms, dining and assembly halls, we are now beginning phase 3 construction on a gymnasium as a hub for the sport’s centered activities of the community.

Bishop Morris serves on the steering committee and is one of the founding members of Project Nehemiah, and the Philadelphia Interfaith Action Committee. Project Nehemiah is a consortium of churches that join together to build large tracts of affordable housing in blighted areas of the City of Philadelphia. To date this group has been responsible for building hundreds of houses in the inner city, as well as providing job-training programs for youth and adults.

From its inception, Mount Airy Church of God in Christ under the spiritual and dynamic leadership of this God-gifted Pastor has been called a, “Miracle Church”. Moving from location to location, outgrowing, moving, building, burning mortgage after mortgage, in record-breaking time. Bishop Morris has expanded and remodeled site after site without incurring loans, while at the same time expanding ministries to include full and part-time staff of one hundred (100), and an annual budget in excess of ($5,000,000.00) marking Mt. Airy and its (CDC) one of the largest employers in the community. Mt. Airy is applying for a Charter to pen a unique elementary school in September 2004.

Activities and Organizations

Although he is a nationally known and sought after lecturer, conference/convention speaker and teacher, Bishop Morris continues to be humble, prayerful, and dedicated servant of the people, who is ever seeking ways to serve God as he serves his people. A man of untiring energy, who gives of himself to his community.

Bishop Morris serves on numerous boards, advisory committee and councils including:

Bishop of Koinonia Jurisdiction - Church of God In Christ
President of Black Clergy for two (2) years and served as thePresident-Elect of Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity.
Advisory Board of the Urban Theological Institute of the Lutheran Theological Seminary.
The Philadelphia Leadership Foundation
Member of the Board of Parking Authority of Philadelphia

Publications

Bishop Morris is the compiler and author of numerous pamphlets, manuals, study guides and seminar packages on Church Growth, Leadership Training, Discipleship, and Secrets of Successful Ministry.