"Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. . ." ~Hebrews 13:7~
The Bible tells us that when Christ established the New Testament Church through the Apostles, the leadership of the local church was entrusted to specially appointed men called Pastors. While the Pastors, sometimes referred to as “Elders” and “Shepherds,” led through teaching the truths of the faith, other men were then appointed as Deacons to help them serve the church by taking care of the material needs of the people and the ministry. Morningview is led in exactly the same way. You can read about Morningview’s current Pastors and Deacons below.
Shawn was born and raised in the deep south — Orlando, Florida. He became a believer after his first year of college and received God’s call to ministry three years later. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in the Fall of 1993, his Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary in 1997, and the Doctorate of Philosophy from Southern Seminary in 2003. Prior to coming to Morningview in 2006, Shawn served churches in Florida and Kentucky, and he also served as an adjunct Professor of Expository Preaching at Southern Seminary. Shawn enjoys reading, sport-shooting, traveling, and time with his family. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Lisa, and they have five children – Grace, John David, Josiah, Faith and Joy.
Pastor of Family Ministry
Reid was born in Demopolis, Alabama. He served churches in Kentucky and Alabama before coming to Morningview in 2011 from Bush Memorial Baptist Church in Troy, Alabama where he served as Pastor of Discipleship and Education since 2007. Reid obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Alabama in 1994, his Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1997. He enjoys reading, sports, outdoor activities, and spending time with his family. Reid and his wife, Rayanne, have four children – Trinity, Elijah, Zachariah, and Aaron.
Pastor of Education and Administration
Jon English was born in Apple Valley, California. However, having lived in the area since seventh grade, he calls Montgomery home. He has received a Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in Montgomery, a Masters of Divinity from Southern Seminary, and is currently a PhD candidate in Systematic and Historical theology at Southern Seminary. Prior to serving at Morningview, he served several churches in Kentucky. Jon English enjoys reading, scuba diving, and most any other outdoor activity. He and his wife, Rebekah, have three sons: Jonny, Jack, and Graham.
Scott was born in Wetumpka and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. He has been a member of Morningview since January of 2009, where he is currently a Sunday School teacher for 10th and 11th grade boys. He and his wife, Susanne, have two children-Harrison and Anna Grace. Scott received a Bachelor’s degree from Auburn in 1989, a Master’s of Education degree in counseling from Auburn in 1995, and a Master’s of Christian Education degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1997. Scott is a counselor with Pathways Professional Counseling (a ministry of Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes), where he does counseling from a biblical perspective. Scott enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, Bible study, and sports.
Joel was born and raised in Montgomery, AL. He became a Christian in 1988. Joel is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (BGS, 1994; M.Div. 1997) and The Masters Seminary (Th.M, 2002). He and his wife, Ana, have five children. Joel has served in pastoral ministry in Louisiana, Northern Ireland, and Alabama. He has been a member of Morningview since 2005 where he teaches in the Theological Institute and serves in the College and Career ministry. He is currently employed at Contractors Steel Supply in Montgomery.
Rick was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the small community of Vancleave. Rick works as an engineering executive in the aerospace industry. He and his family moved to Montgomery in 2001, joining the Morningview family in 2002 where he teaches Sunday school and systematic theology in the MIT program. Rick enjoys reading, history, sport shooting, auto mechanics and spending time with his family. Rick is married to his high-school sweetheart, Tina and they have two children, Caleb and Olivia.
From the very beginning of the New Testament church, God raised up men to serve the material needs of the people and ministries of church in roles of Christ-like servant leadership. These men came to be known as “deacons.” As in the early church, deacons at Morningview serve alongside our pastors and lead our congregation in sacrificial service. If you spend any time at all with us, you’ll see our deacons doing everything from leading in prayer to visiting the sick to helping in the nursery. We are thankful to God for them and could not be who we are without them.
To contact our deacons, please email our deacon chairman.