I was born in Oklahoma in 1955 but grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior at the age of 16. My wife, Cindy, and I were married in 1979 and have one son, Adam, who was born in 1981. While working as a general contractor in Albuquerque I felt God’s call upon my life and surrendered to full-time ministry. In 1991 we moved to Fort Worth to attend Southwestern Seminary. I received a degree in music in 1994 and in 1996 graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Education. In June of 1996 the Lord brought us to Parkway Baptist Church for me to serve as Associate Pastor of Music and Education. I have been serving as Senior Pastor since January 2002. I have been immeasurably blessed each day the Lord allows me to serve Him. I invite you to come and celebrate the love of Christ with God’s family at Parkway Baptist Church, A Home For Your Heart! I John 4:7-10
Associate Pastor of Music
In April 1957 a godly dad and mom birthed a scrawny baby boy. Nurtured in a Christian home, this kid grew up knowing the love of a heavenly Father and in June 1964 gave his heart to Jesus. That kid is me, Bob Morris.
When you are blessed by so much love, it seems only natural to share it. The opportunity came in December 1988. While serving as part-time minister of music at Steep Hollow Baptist Church, God called me to full-time ministry. I was not exactly academically gifted. But when God leads, He gives you what you need. So I entered Southwestern Seminary in the fall of 1989, where I miraculously received a degree in church music in 1993, and then a Master of Music Degree in 1994. God was not done with miracles-He introduced me to another seminary student, Jill Black, who would become my best friend and wife and also the mother of our two wonderful children, Rebekah and Zachary.
After leaving seminary I served in churches in Texas and Mississippi. In April of 2002, I accepted the Lord's call to serve as Associate Pastor of Music and Youth here at Parkway. I've seen God's miracles, and I'm looking forward to seeing the Lord move in mighty ways at Parkway Baptist Church. Zephaniah 3:17
Yours in Christ,
I asked Christ to be my Savior in 3rd grade but did not have a real awareness of making Him Lord of my life until high school. From that time on I have felt a real awareness that counseling would be my ministry. My husband, Steve, and I have been members of Parkway since 1990 and we have been truly blessed while here. We have 4 children: Josh, Danielle, Elissa, and Sarah. I received my bachelor degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos then came to A&M to complete my education. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1995 and became a licensed psychologist in 1996. In addition, I have had many hours of continuing education in Christian counseling through Focus on the Family, American Association of Christian Counselors, Christian Counselors of Texas and Theophostic Ministry. In 1996, I began counseling at Parkway.
I believe I am very strongly influenced by the Christian training that I have received. My goal is always to help with concerns while leading others to grow in Christ. Although I have an eclectic style with an emphasis on cognitive/behavioral techniques my primary belief as a Christian counselor is to base understanding of people and their problems on Scripture and allow the Holy Spirit to heal.
Counseling is available to anyone with an issue I feel competent to address. There is no set fee for counseling services - suggested donations are according to income. I work primarily with adults but see some adolescents. Common areas include adjustment to life situations, depression, anxiety, anger, marital/family problems, and financial concerns. It is appropriate to consider counseling whenever things seem to be keeping you from an effective or meaningful life or you simply want an opportunity to think through things more clearly and objectively. If you have other questions about the counseling ministry, please contact me at my email.
Galatians 6:2 "Bear ye one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ."
A member of Parkway Baptist Church since October 19, 1997, Cilena graciously took the reigns of our successful WEE program in the Fall of 1999. She oversees all WEE school operations from staffing, curriculum, training, and budget.
At the age of 12, I understood, in my mind, that Christ died for my sins. I went forward in church when all of my friends did (after completing a confirmation class with a group of other 5th grade). Afterwards, I went to church and tried to be a “good person? At 24, my mother-in-law became very ill with breast cancer. She fought it but the cancer was winning the battle. I watched her struggle with the disease, but she never lost hope or grace. I saw friends (from church) tirelessly pray with and for her, visit her, take care of her, bring her food, clean her house, sit with her and love her unconditionally. She responded by praying for and with them, and loving them unconditionally. I knew she had some kind of relationship with Jesus that I did not have in the good times, much less the bad. A few days after her body died and her soul went to be with the LORD, I spoke with her pastor. He explained to me how God's Word, the Bible, explained to us how we need to not only understand that Jesus died for us, but Jesus also wants us to trust Him to lead our lives. I prayed a prayer of salvation and ask Jesus to be the LORD of my life. I was baptized and joined that church a few days later. Since Jesus came into my life, many changes have occurred, some immediate, some took some time. He still works in my life.