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Morgan new pastor at First Baptist

September 5, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

After a lifetime of serving churches all over the country, Les Morgan decided it was time to come home to his roots to not only serve his church but also those who may need a little of God's word to help them through the tough stretches.

Morgan was named the new pastor at North Fort Myers First Baptist Church at 75 Evergreen Road in May. He brings 30 years of experience and knowledge of God's word to a small but growing flock.

"I wasn't surprised because I grew up in the area. We have some great things happening at the church and we have great potential with three buildings and eight acres of land," Morgan said.

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Les Morgan, the new pastor at North Fort Myers First Baptist Church, prays during the housing ceremony last week for a new fire engine for the North Fort Myers Fire Department at its station on Trail Dairy Circle.

He also helps others solve their problems through the word of God as a pastoral counselor, which he has done for the past 30 years.

He also wrote weekly religious columns in local newspapers for many years.

Morgan is a fourth-generation Floridian. It was his great grandfather who built the pier for Thomas Edison.

After growing up in the area, Morgan left for about 30 years, serving in Georgia and the Ashville, N.C. area before coming home in 2007 to take over a church in Labelle for around eight years.

Morgan, who was also working at the Christian Counseling Center, helped out another pastor in Felda for a little while before the opening came up in North Fort Myers.

Morgan said the church has great potential and has a three-point plan for success; love the people, love the people, and love the people.

"We have a lot of work to do because the church is a little run down. It needs to be painted and cleaned up and have yardwork done," Morgan said. "We're getting things more presentable and then will find creative ways to share the love of Christ."

When Morgan started, the church had 40 members. It now has 60, which isn't bad during a time when people tend to go north.

"People know we are very concerned about them. It's contagious and that's what we intend to do," Morgan said. "We share the love of Christ and encouraging them to bring people and so far people are responding well, for which we are grateful."

Morgan currently works for Royal Palm Christian Counseling in Fort Myers, where he works with people on everything from addictions to marital and family issues and much more.

Morgan received his Bachelor of Science degree from Toccoa Falls College in Georgia, a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Simpson Graduate School in California, and a Doctor of Ministries from Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale.

He also successfully finished the biblical counseling training program at Royal Palm Ministries.

His hobbies include bicycle riding. He has done two long-distance rides, from Georgia to Vermont and then on another from North Carolina to Colorado. He also enjoys playing piano and guitar in worship services.



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