Bishop Ernest Carl Morris, Sr.
Jurisdictional Prelate and Northeast Regional COGIC Bishop
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THE KOINONIA JURISDICTION is blessed in the person of its Prelate, The Bishop Ernest C. Morris, Sr. Bishop Morris is known in both church and civic circles, in COGIC and without, as a man of integrity, character, and wisdom.
Bishop Ernest C. Morris, Sr. was ordained an Elder in the Church of God in Christ in 1962 and later became a graduate of the Philadelphia Bible University located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
Because of his dynamic leadership his local Church, Mt. Airy COGIC is one of the largest, fastest growing, most respected churches on the East Coast. His vision remains consistent through more than 40 years in pastorship: to minister to the whole person, spirit, soul, mind, and body, and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. His consistency of vision and effort have resulted in phenomenal growth from 16 Sunday School children in 1966 to over 3,000 active members today, including more than 1,300 under the age of 35.
With revenues over 5.5 million dollars, Mt. Airy COGIC serves as a significant stimulus to the West Oak Lane community. There Community Development Corporation employ over 125 persons, full and part time, and coordinates a force of hundreds of volunteers serving the congregation and the wider community through more than 80 specialized ministries, programs, and support groups that assist and empower the community.
Significantly, the Church of God in Christ hierarchy, perceived the unusual organizational leadership skills of Bishop Morris, elevated him the Sacred Office of Bishop of the beautiful Island of Bermuda in 1999. Shortly after, this spiritual dynamo of a man moved with vision and vigor to organize The Pennsylvania Koinonia Jurisdiction consisting of numerous churches in the Philadelphia, Coatesville, Reading, Harrisburg, and New Jersey areas.
Bishop Morris’ resume is replete with honors, awards, civic and religious participation, including serving as Chairperson of the Lutheran Theological Seminary Institute. He is the recipient of numerous awards, citations, and honorary degrees, including the conferred Doctor of Divinity from the prestigious Geneva University. He is a well known and sought after Gospel Preacher, author, seminar leader, radio and television personality, builder and Pastor par excellence. He is known throughout the church world as an extraordinary churchman, organizer, visionary, man of faith, and a faithful and loyal son of the church. All who know him applaud his meteoric success and appreciate him as a generous and caring friend.
Bishop Morris’ life is made complete by the presence of his gifted and beautiful wife, Winifred, who is herself a spiritual force in her own right. She is an internationally known and sought after Evangelist, the Church Mother, Teacher, Author, Organizer, and Fundraiser extraordinaire. They are the proud grandparents of five: Cameron, Amber, Christopher, Stephanie and Gabrielle.