When Rev. Jimmy Carr found out that Bishop Robert C. Morgan had passed away, his initial reaction did
|Bishop Robert C. Morgan
not last long.
"I was saddened but immediately began to celebrate the life of a great person," said Carr who is the director of ministerial services for the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church.
A large framed picture of Bishop Morgan hangs in the hallway at the conference office among other photos of Mississippi Area bishops. A gold name plate dates Morgan's tenure as bishop from 1984 to 1992.
"You never saw him and didn't smile, and he was always happy to see you, very hospitable and very accepting of all persons. He was a great church leader, a person who loved Christ and a person who loved The United Methodist Church and believed that the best for The United Methodist Church was in our future," said Carr, whose wife was on the conference staff during Morgan's residency in Mississippi.
In 1988, Robert "Bob" Whiteside served on Morgan's cabinet as Senatobia District superintendent. Whiteside a retired elder joins the United Methodist connection in reflecting on Morgan's life and recalling his influence on Mississippi.
"He had the gift of knowing persons in the conference and the ability to know the personality of the church when he would assign pastors," said Whiteside.
Many people would agree that Morgan's notable accomplishment in the Magnolia state was the merger of two conferences in Mississippi.
|Retired elder, Robert "Bob" Whiteside
"Not anyone would be able to unite those two conferences the way that Bishop Morgan did. Bishop Morgan was the kind of leader that could deal with opposition and he knew when to move forward, and when to move back," explained Whiteside.
The 2013 session of the Mississippi Annual Conference marked the 25th anniversary of that merger and the present Episcopal leader, Bishop James E. Swanson Sr., invited Bishop Morgan to be a part of the celebration, which he accepted. It was common knowledge then that the beloved Bishop Morgan was in good spirits with health problems. He was 80 years old.
More Mississippi Conference Media Featuring Bishop Morgan
To view video of Bishop Morgan addressing the Mississippi Annual Conference click here
and advance the video approximately 40 minutes. To read an article about the 25th Anniversary Conference Merger in the 2013 Special Edition of The Circuit
Rider, click here
and see page 12.
from the United Methodist News Service includes comments from bishops across the connection on the passing of Bishop Morgan.