"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 Discipleship
Jon English was born in Apple Valley, California. However, having lived in the area since seventh grade, he calls Montgomery home. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in Montgomery, a Masters of Divinity from Southern Seminary,and a PhD in Systematic and Historical theology at Southern Seminary. Prior to serving at Morningview, he served various churches and para-church organizations in Alabama and 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.
Billy was born in Montgomery, Alabama and became a member of Morningview as a 12 year old. He currently teaches Adult 3 Sunday School, serves on the Global Missions Advancement Team, and sings in the choir. He is a Partner in the public accounting firm of Aldridge, Borden & Company, where he has served for 39 years. He is married to his wife (Brucie) and has two grown children (Emily & Tanner) and two grandchildren (James & Ellie Kate). He enjoys reading, traveling and sports.
Jim grew up in a small town in New York state. While he was attending navigator training with the Air Force, God used several circumstance to humble him and to bring him to eventually understand that he is a sinner whose only hope is Christ the Savior. God in His graciousness placed him in very sound church in Bossier City, LA as a new believer where he was faithfully taught the Word and saw it applied in the lives of those around him. During the next 20 plus years, God sovereignly through the Air Force moved Jim and his family to various locations and churches where they were able to be ministered to and by His grace minister to others. Jim and his family have been at Morningview since 2005. He and his wife Lynette have eight children.
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.