The Rev. Andy Morgan will become pastor of Fountain City Presbyterian Church on July 1 and will preach his first sermon there on Sunday, July 7. The community is invited to attend. The church is at 600 Hotel Road near Gresham Middle School; the Sunday worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.
The Rev. Gradye Parsons has served as interim pastor for 21 months, following the medical retirement of the Rev. Max Reddick, who came to the church in July 2000.
Morgan has spent the past four years as minister of UKirk, the collegiate ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the University of Tennessee. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Union Presbyterian Seminary and is currently a doctoral student at Emory University. It was at Union Seminary that Andy met his wife, Sarah, who currently serves as associate pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. The Morgans have a toddler son, Robert, and they live in Fountain City.
“Andy is excited to begin his ministry at Fountain City Presbyterian. He brings a youthful perspective, humor and a unique capacity to connect with a variety of people to his ministry. Andy looks forward to helping church members grow in their faith, teaching, preaching faithful and relevant sermons, and bearing witness to Jesus in the community,” according to a press statement.
In a letter to his campus ministry, Morgan wrote: “I would be dishonest if I didn’t acknowledge how sad it is to leave UKirk. … (The ministry) is healthy, vibrant and beautiful and it is tremendously sad to leave.” Read his full statement here.