“How to translate God to the world.”
That’s the lesson Rev. Dr. Michelle Morris values most from her years at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas as a United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas Seminary Scholar.
Michelle is the solo pastor of two churches in Fort Smith, Wesley UMC and Cavanaugh UMC. She loves the joy and challenge of serving two loving churches who have two different missions and histories. She also serves the larger church by teaching Course of Study for Perkins in the summer. Michelle was one of the writers for the CEB Women’s Bible that came out in Fall 2016.
“I don’t have enough words to convey my gratitude to the UMFA donors who made it possible for me to graduate from seminary debt free,” said Michelle. “Seminary was a foundation I build on every day. Thanks for what you did for me, my family and every church I will serve.”
UMFA continued to invest in Michelle’s ministry by sponsoring a trip with members of her previous congregation at First UMC, West Memphis, to the Leadership Institute at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. “The first group came back transformed and excited,” Michelle said. “That experience made a noticeable impact on the congregation in West Memphis, so I started budgeting for the trip every year.”