Archie Morris II is Pastor of the historic True Light Missionary Baptist Church of Hattiesburg, MS. True Light was established in 1903 and is nestled in the downtown area of Hattiesburg. The church was instrumental in the fight for Civil Rights and at the height of that movement helped to bring about much change for the people in greater Hattiesburg community. Pastor Morris has served as Senior Pastor since April 2004 to the present. In those ten years the church has experienced much/steady growth both numerically and spiritually.
Building on a great foundation, God has continued to nurture and develop Pastor Morris’ leadership and the ministries of True Light by providing numerous new ministries and he has given Pastor Morris a vibrant vision for True Light to be a church that exalts the savior. True Light’s motto is: ‘The Church where the love of God is experienced in our worship, exposed through our teaching and extended in our witness. Pastor Morris is known to have a passion for fostering better race relationships. Fellowships have been hosted with the First Baptist Church, University Baptist Church and Mission Mississippi to foster better race relationships between churches leadership in the greater Hattiesburg community and the State of Mississippi.
Pastor Morris has been privileged to serve Christian leaders in various capacities. His diverse teaching and preaching includes: hosting leadership conferences, Family Conferences, He has furthered his development at the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education for twenty-five years, the Urban Alternative Church Development Conference, of Dallas TX. Co-Developer and Instructor of the Union Chapel Institute of Biblical Studies Huntsville, AL. American Baptist Theological Seminary chapel services, He is affiliated with the National Baptist Convention USA, General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi, North American Missions Board, Cross Cultural Evangelism Team, Former Board Member R3SM and the Christian Women’s Job Corp. of Mississippi, former partner of University of Southern Mississippi Presidents clergy and community partnership.
Pastoral Alliance of Hattiesburg Public School District and has a weekly broadcast on WORV radio in Hattiesburg and surrounding areas. He has been granted the opportunity to share God’s Word with many churches and organizations locally and nationally. He also has ministered internationally in Israel and the Bahamas. In 2006 pastor Morris and True Light were featured by the University of Southern Mississippi School of Anthropology and Sociology on black Civil Rights church studies.
Pastor Morris began his ministerial journey under the pastorate of Dr. O.W. Davis, Pastor of the illustrious Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama where he grew up. He entered the ministry in 1989 at the age of twenty-five. He served there for three years as an associate minister. In 1992 he served as youth minister in a bi-vocational aspect for two years. He joined the Union Chapel staff in a full time capacity in 1994 where he served as Pastor of Youth and Young Adults until 2004.
Pastor Morris’ passion for the community has led him to the serve on the present board affiliations: R3SM of Mississippi, Christian Women’s Job Corp of Hattiesburg MS, Hattiesburg Mississippi Pastoral Alliance, Pastor Morris graduated with a Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University (1988), Bachelors of Theology from American Baptist Theological Seminary of Nashville, Tennessee. He received a Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University Birmingham AL (2004).
Pastor Morris met his wife and sweetheart for the past 23 years the former Felica Paul in His Home town of Huntsville, AL while she was attending Alabama A&M University where she received a Bachelors and Master degree in Early Childhood Education. They have been married since February of 1992.