Rev. Dr. Michelle Morris

The Rev. Dr. Michelle J. Morris served churches in West Memphis and Fort Smith before starting in July 2018 as the Lead Equipper for the Center for Vitality. She is a self-described perpetual student, holding a Bachelor of Arts in English and French and a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature, both from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; an MDiv from Perkins School of Theology at SMU, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from SMU. Her Ph.D. emphasis was New Testament, and her dissertation was entitled Rejoice, O Barren Woman?: Infertility in the New Testament. She sees her education as a means to serve the church, so she commits to teaching at the Regional Course of Study every summer, and she periodically writes for the Adult Bible Studies Curriculum for Abingdon/Cokesbury.  She was also a contributor to the recent CEB Women’s Bible. She and her husband Travis married in 1997 and have one son Soren (who is not named for Kierkegaard – there is a story there, though). When she is not visiting churches around the state, she and her family attend First UMC Hot Springs. She is excited to serve the people of Arkansas in whatever ways help us connect with Jesus and one another.

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