The Reverend Charles D. Morris became the Senior Minister of the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in August, 1997. Previously, he served as the Senior Minister of the Reformed Church of Colts Neck, New Jersey. A life-long member of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), Reverend Morris grew up in Wallkill, New York, graduated from Central College, Pella, Iowa, and received a Master of Divinity Degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Western Theological Seminary, both affiliated with the RCA. He also studied at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He has served on a number of denominational commissions, and as a trustee at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Central College. Reverend Morris is married to Deborah. Their family includes two grown daughters, Jamie and Rachel, and son-in-law Matt.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.