RRC: How do you participate in the spiritual life within your community?
JM: My wife, Marianne, and I are members of First Baptist Prattville. Whether at the park, the pool, or the gym, we are intentional with the families in our city, striving to help them find connections as we did when we moved here in 2014. Through those connections, we found the Christian community and the encouragement needed to live out the Great Commission in our city.
RRC: What does it mean to you to live a Christ-centered life, even when you fall short?
JM: To me, living a Christ-centered life means that I have no life or identity apart from Christ. Every day, I try to remind myself that I’m a Christian who happens to be an engineer, husband, father, etc. That means seeking to live with the fruit of the Spirit on display as I work and deal with others. When I do well, I thank God for producing obedience in me.
RRC: You grew apart from the church. How did God change your life in 2016?
JM: In 2014 we moved from Auburn to Prattville and joined First Baptist Prattville. The more I became involved, the more I felt guilty about who I was in private versus what everyone else saw in public. In May of 2016, I repented of my sin, and Christ transformed my heart and mind. I then sought a mentor in one of our pastors who could help me learn and grow in God’s Word. Since then, God has given me a burning desire for discipleship and teaching others how Christ saves us from the lies of sin.
RRC: In what ways are you active in ministry?
JM: My calling and passion is discipleship. At FBC Prattville, I have the privilege of teaching a Young Families Sunday School Class and leading a discipleship group in my neighborhood. I’m also part of the Worship Team and serve our church as a deacon.
RRC: Why do you desire to help others understand what God wants?
JM: Since I have experienced the healing from sin from the Gospel of Jesus, I want to disciple and teach others to experience the journey, too. Jesus is still working miracles, and the greatest one of all is being brought from death to life and seeing your desires and actions transformed by Christ. I find joy in teaching others to see God as He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures.
RRC: How do you teach your young daughters about loving and trusting God?
JM: We aim to make Christ central to every conversation in our home. On the way to school, we frequently talk with the girls about how to show Christ to their friends and teachers. As I lie down with them at night, we discuss Catechism questions to help them form language and understand what they are learning in Sunday School and other church activities. Most importantly, as we discipline, we talk about God’s grace and mercy covering our sins.
RRC: How does devoting time to community service projects within your career impact your life?
JM: Community service, whether through our church or my company’s service organization, is an intentional way to be the hands and feet of Jesus in my community. As Jesus came not to be served but to serve, we should take great pleasure in helping others in need.
RRC: How does your wife inspire you with a servant’s heart and through her field of work?
JM: There are not enough words to describe how incredible Marianne is. As a speech therapist, she travels throughout the River Region, providing therapy for children and adults. Marianne has so much energy and passion for trying to see that each person improves. She never treats it like a job, and you can tell that she cares deeply for her clients. She inspires me to treat my business interactions as a ministry just like she does.
RRC: What advice can you offer people who have a challenging time navigating the workplace while maintaining a Christian heart?
JM: The workplace is our mission field. Some mission fields are more friendly to the Gospel than others, but God empowers and is with us. It can be discouraging in the secular workplace, but it is also an encouraging opportunity to be different and set apart. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “Be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
Jeremy Morgan has been married to his wife, Marianne, for 14 years. They have three girls ages nine, six, and four.