On January 8, 2012, Rob Morris was installed as Vicar at Christ the King. Vicar Morris is serving a six-month vicarage to complete the requirements for colloquy into ordained ministry in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS).
Colloquy is the process of ordaining a man who earned a Master of Divinity degree from a seminary which is not part of the LCMS. In 2007, Rob earned both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in S. Hamilton, MA. Prior to serving at Christ the King, he was a full-time staff member at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield, MA, focusing on both the youth and worship ministries. In the Fall of 2011, he attended one semester at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana for coursework as required for his colloquy program.
On July 26, 2012, Rob was certified for ordination by the colloquy committee of the LCMS. Christ the King unanimously voted to call him as their next Pastor on July 29th. The installation and ordination service took place on August 26th.
Pastor Morris is joyfully married to his high school sweetheart, Christy, and July 2012 marked their 10th wedding anniversary. They have been entrusted with two wonderful boys, Elijah (who turned six in March of 2012) and Isaiah (who turned three in January of 2012). As a family, they love to hike, bike, explore, read, and play music together. In his free time, Pastor Morris loves reading, playing music (guitar, bass, drums, piano, and a smattering of other instruments), and both road and mountain biking.
Though the journey to serving at Christ the King was not a traditional one, Pastor Morris is excited to serve in such a warm and vibrant congregation. He says, “Christ the King is the perfect name for this ministry, for it is Christ who reigns by grace through his Word and Sacraments. It is also the perfect name because Christ’s reign is extended by the faithful service of his saints here at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, CT and around the world.”
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