Timothy (TJ) & Charissa Morris
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TJ and Charissa Morris serve in Georgetown, a rural area in the Motherlode Field of California. Residents in this area are generally conservative and from lower income families.
While there are a number of good churches throughout the community, many people never set foot in a church. There is a need for ministries in the community to reach those outside of the church, and particularly ministries aimed at local children and youth.
After seeing the need in their community, the Morrises began several ministries to reach youth on the Georgetown Divide and in the surrounding areas. Throughout the year, they help with a high school Bible study at a local school. “We want to give kids ambition and help them understand Christ’s promise of an abundant life,” Charissa says, adding that many teens are “not really living life to the fullest as Christ has promised.”
TJ and Charissa reach the most children as program directors at Forward Bible Camp. The camp was started in 1935 as an opportunity for children from various preaching points and Bible studies led by an InFaith missionary to gather in the mountains of California for a concentrated time of Bible teaching. By keeping costs low, organizing over 100 volunteers each year, and encouraging churches to sponsor children from their areas, Forward Bible Camp is able to introduce many of these children to Jesus.
TJ reiterates the camp’s emphasis on introducing children to Jesus: “We train our staff to be ready to share Christ with the campers and make sure that our chapel speakers share the gospel as well. I have made it my goal that no camper can leave the property without hearing the gospel. We want all campers to have the opportunity either to meet Christ or grow closer to Him while they are here.”
The Morrises have served as InFaith field staff since 2006.
TJ and Charissa met in college, where they were two of only three students in a youth ministry class. Both wanted to work with youth, and both loved camping ministry, so they connected quickly. They spent their first two years of marriage interning at Forward Bible Camp, where Charissa grew up attending.
As the newlyweds gained experience with camp maintenance, rental arrangements, summer camp programming, kitchen duties, and more, the camp’s directors realized how much they could use a second couple to work alongside them. The camp board asked TJ and Charissa to join the staff full-time in 2008.
The Morrises have four children. They serve as a family, and all participate in different aspects of the ministry.