Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church has named Morgan King as Director of Engagement, a new, senior-level position intended to foster deeper, more meaningful connections between the church and our new and prospective members.
“The pastors and staff, and everyone in the congregation, all have a role in welcoming new members into our community and making them feel welcome,” says Executive Pastor Charlene Han Powell. “But we believe it is just as important to have a dedicated staff member who meets with our newcomers and encourages them to return, helps them find their place, and accompanies them as they consider making a commitment to this church. Morgan has both the skills and the passion we need for this ministry.”
Morgan has served as a seminary intern at Fifth Avenue since 2016, including a summer internship last year. He was the interim leader of the Youth Group and the liaison to NEXT Ministries, our 20s and 30s ministry, before Werner Ramirez joined the staff in September 2017. He began working with Charlene in the church’s membership program last fall.
“From the time I started working in membership, I knew this is what I wanted to do,” he says. “When I love something, it’s all I talk about, and I want to draw others in. And I love this church.”
In his new role, Morgan will guide visitors and newcomers in their interactions with the congregation and staff, work with the Invitation Committee on welcome initiatives, maintain personal contact with newcomers and prospective members, coordinate membership classes, and connect members with fellowship, community group and volunteer opportunities. Many of these responsibilities were previously handled by David Liu, before he retired from the staff in 2016.
This summer he will launch a New Members Community Group, which will encourage deeper, more intentional involvement with church and its ministries among members who have joined within the last year. This group will lead our monthly worship and dinner service at The Bowery Mission in July.
Morgan completed his master of divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in May. He also has a bachelor of arts in religious studies from Rhodes College, a Presbyterian Church (USA) college in Memphis. He grew up in a Southern Baptist family in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Interested in getting to know Fifth Avenue Presbyterian? Contact Morgan at [email protected].
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