Reverend Patricia A. Morris (Manager) lives in, works and serves the Harlem Community professionally and spiritually. She currently serves as the fifth & first woman Pastor of The NEW Springfield Missionary Baptist Church of Harlem. Our Mission is to exalt God through loving worship, to edify Christians through biblical teaching, to evangelize non-Christians through faithful witness, and to exhibit godliness through a positive presence in our community. In December, 2011, she was privileged to preach aboard the Gem, one of the cruise ships of the Norwegian fleet.
She received her undergraduate degree from Nyack College, Nyack, NY (cum laude) and Master of Divinity Degree from the Theological School-Drew University (Madison, NJ). She is also a graduate of the American Academy/McAllister’s School of Mortuary Science. Reverend Morris received her certification as a Bereavement Facilitator from the American Academy of Bereavement/Carondelet Health Care
Ordained to the Gospel Ministry in December, 1989, Rev. Morris participates in numerous projects that minister to persons spiritually, mentally and physically such as the Harlem United AIDS Ministry, The Brooklyn AIDS Task Force (member Board of Directors,) Pastoral Counselor and Client Advocate, the Harlem Hospital Health & Wellness Project as an “End of Life Companion”. She has also served as a Pastoral Counselor to the Riker’s Island Rose M. Singer Mother/Infant Program.
Reverend Morris is the Chair & Executive Director of the Survivors Fountain of Hope Wellness Initiative Inc. a 501(c)3 outreach ministry formed to respond to the rapidly deteriorating quality of health so prevalent in the African American Community. The current “Wellness” issues being addressed are HIV/AIDS, Obesity, Cancer, Diabetes, Hypertension as well as other cardiac related issues. Rev. Morris was recently honored by the NYC Council for her Community Activism and commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Ecumenical Committee of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS-NYC Affiliate. Rev. Morris is the Co-Chair of the NYC Affiliate of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.
Reverend Morris, a Licensed Funeral Director, is the Executive Director of the Florence E. Browne Funeral Home, Inc. located in the Harlem Community. In addition to her duties as a funeral director, she is one of the founding members of the Bereavement Consortium of Central Harlem, an outreach ministry of the Florence E. Browne Funeral Home, Inc. formed to address issues surrounding chronic unresolved grief. The Consortium consists of numerous agencies and community residents committed to sharing the pain associated with loss by effectuating gentle closure and healthy, emotional healing. Reverend Morris serves the Consortium as a Certified Pastoral Counseling Facilitator, Training Officer and Information Specialist who conducts workshops for community groups and Churches. Recently appointed as a crisis Chaplain to the NYC MTA she serves the transportation families of New York City in that capacity.
An entrepreneur, Rev. Morris has launched a Desk Top Publishing Company, A Touch of Grace to further enhance her service/ministry to the Body of Christ. She is the mother of one son and the grandmother of four.
Affiliations & Awards
- Assistant Financial Secretary, United Missionary Baptist Association
- Corresponding Secretary, United Missionary Baptist Association (2007-2013)
- Baptist Ministers’ Evening Conference of Greater NY & Vicinity, Inc.
- Baptist Minister’s Conference of Greater NY & Vicinity
- (BMC-LBH Health Initiative of the Monday Day Conference)
- 2004 Drew Theological Seminary Dr. Martin L. King Humanitarian Award (Social Justice)
- 2008 New York City Council Faith Based Initiative (Community Activism) Award
- 2008 New York City Comptroller’s (Honorable William Thompson)
- Recognition of Service to the Community
- ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling) Long Island Chapter
- Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association
- 2011 UMBA Moderator's "Women Pastor" Award
- 2011 City Council of NYC - Speaker Quinn's Certificate of Appreciation for Continued Service to the Community