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Derek Morris Accepts Call To General Conference

posted on December 09, 2010, under Church by

by Terry Hall

Pastor Derek Morris

After six years as senior pastor of Forest Lake Church, Apopka, Derek Morris has accepted a call to Silver Spring, Maryland, to be an associate ministerial secretary of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Morris’ last Sabbath in the pulpit will be Christmas Day December 25.

Morris will become editor of Ministry, the Adventist Church’s international journal for pastors. He will also travel the globe to teach and minister to local Adventist Church pastors.

Morris received the invitation to his new post during the General Conference’s Annual Council meetings in October. After Morris and his wife, Bodil, flew to Maryland to talk with church leaders about the position, he said, “This was not an easy decision. We weren’t looking for a new assignment, but God sometimes calls you to minister in a new place when you least expect it, and when He calls, you must listen.

Derek and Bodil Morris pictured at a Forest Lake Church event.

“Being a registered nurse practitioner, Bodil will also continue to minister in her area of passion,” says Morris. “She has been asked to join the General Conference’s Health Ministries department and is looking forward to ministering with me in my travels around the world.”

Morris’ six-year tenure at Forest Lake Church has greatly impacted the ministries and growth of the congregation. Under his vision and leadership, the church has grown to nearly 3,700 members and seen a fifth worship service added, as well as more children and adult Sabbath School classes.

The church’s web and media ministries have also grown. The church now has a full-time web church pastor and seven separate web sites (including the main one at which highlight the church’s numerous ministries and programs. Forest Lake Church online has grown from a few dozen members in 2004 to more than 1,000 worshiping from numerous sites around the world.

With Morris at the helm, the church’s media ministries records and produces Forest Lake’s church services and the popular Hope Sabbath School program, as well as special series such as the Life and Teachings of Jesus, that are viewed world-wide via satellite on the Hope Channel.

7 Comments for this entry

  • Errol Lawrence

    Hi Derek and Bodil
    Wishing you God’s richest blessings as you accept to be “flung” by the Lord, knowing that he is well able to sustain you wherever He sends you. Go in the strength of the Lord.

  • Timothy

    We wish you the best in your new work for God in The General Conference of SDA’s. God has called you to work for Him. Blessings To You And Grace To Carry You Through! God Bless You!

  • Ralph and Mary Lou Bresee

    Pastor Derek, it is with sadness that we learned today that you have left the Apopka Church in Florida. We have listened to you over the years – first as we attended Apopka when we lived in Gainesvill, FL and now that we have moved to Nevada we have accessed the web ministry and listened to you. We have gained so much greater insight into the love that God has for each of us through your messages and you will be missed!! May God richly bless you in your future endeavors at the General Conference!

  • Martin

    May God bless you in your new (I just learned today) assignment. I loved you vigor and passion and really enjoyed how you brought God’s messages to life when you were “in character”. You will be missed, but I know that wherever you go, God will allow you to continue to impact the lives of His people..

  • Jeanne

    When I didn’t see your name preaching at the Forest Lake I wondered, “Where is Pastor Derek?” Then I saw you were no longer the senior Pastor either. I was deeply concerned and shocked to see you no longer at Forest Lake Church. But rejoice tho that you are still working with the Lord. May God richly bless you and your wife as you continue to work for the Lord. Keep close to Him and He will keep close to you. :) God bless you always. I have been listening to your Life and Teachings and they are WONDERFUL. Thank Pastor Derek.

  • Edgar Lloren

    Dear Dr. Derek Morris,

    May I praise the Lord for the new assignment at the GC. that means the Lord wanted to let you work for Him in a wider capacity. My church will continue to pray for your success as you minister to the ministers of this worldwide church.

    I met you at the Health Summit in Florida in January. But I have been following up your presentation today on the life and teaching of Jesus. I am delighted on your presentation of the Seven Last Words of Jesus. I was wanting to follow it up through and wanted to know if you have the syllabus available. I want to do the same presentation in my church. Thanks.


    Dear Derek and Bodil

    I have just completed the book about radical prayer. I have been blessed by the entire book especially by the testimonies from various people who prayed the radical prayer.

    May God surely throw out laborers into His harvest in Uganda. I thank God for inspiring you to write this book

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