Bishop Dr. Cliff C. Morris Jr
Meet Bishop Cliff C. Morris Jr
His Blessings Upon You
And Your Family
Welcome to my website. Here you can learn about me, my life and what God has led me to do.
I love teaching and especially love teaching mathematics. My other passions include reading, traveling, helping others succeed, and playing with consumer electronic gadgetry. I will reach the age of 62 this upcoming July 2014 and look forward to spending more time traveling with those I love. My grandchildren are also a passion I look forward to enjoying from time to time.
It is said, "If a person finds a job they love, they will never work for the rest of their lives." I have had the great privilege of enjoying a lifestyle well beyond what I would have believed.
Previous Professional Life
I was formerly dean and professor of mathematics at the west campus of Valencia Community College located at 1800 South Kirkman Road, Orlando, Florida 32811-2302. I am now enjoying a busy retirement schedule that includes some teaching. I have had the privilege of instructing every mathematics course in the range from algebra through Calculus. The full time staff of 27 faculty with at least 60 additional adjunct faculty and part time staff helped nearly 65 000 students annually at Valencia's four campuses..
I am a double alumnus of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida where I majored in both Mathematics and Mathematics Education. I have doctorates in both Theology and Mathematics Education from the United Bible College and Seminary (Orlando, Florida) and the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida), respectively.
I am presently assisting in building people in Cape Town, South Africa through a company (trust) I have jointly organized/founded named Volunteer Educational Support 4 Africa (www.ves4a.org). I assist annually with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) through primarily a joint missions program with the Winter Park Presbyterian Church. I have traveled to Manaus, Brazil, Yungay, Peru, Simileu-Silvania, Romania, Yeguario, Paraguay, Jigjiga, Ethiopia, Greece, Turkey, Ghana, West Africa, Israel, Cameroon, West Africa, and Arequipa, Peru to name a few places. More information about my work may be found at www.elbetheltemple.org.
My bride of over 36 years is Angela Reed Morris. We both have eight children and thirteen grandchildren. Angela has taught in elementary schools for over 30 years.
I Really Enjoy Teaching!
Dean of Mathematics (Retired)
I served some of the best people in the world including over 60 full time and adjunct faculty. I also assisted in serving approximately 5600 students in mathematics courses per semester on the west campus. I was challenged to grow both as an individual and manager. Our faculty and staff genuinely cared that our students were both successful in mathematics and would positively contribute to our community and culture.
The day-to-day departmental tasks were handled efficiently by two very dedicated assistants in Ms. Debbie Jefferson and Mrs. Christine Belin-Motera. The current departmental contact number is 407-582-1625. Professor Russell Takashima is the current Dean of Mathematics, west campus. Dr. Armour, former dean, is now working at Santa Fe State College in Gainesville, Florida.
College Committees Served
Instructional Affairs Committee (IAC)
Staff and Program Development West
Collegewide Curriculum Committee
ILP Panels (3) (ex officio)
Document & Imaging subcommittee of IAC
Prep Math Institute (ex officio)
Expanded Executive Council
Campus Crusade for Christ
Leadership Valencia Task Force
Honors Advisory Council
Prep Curriculum Committee (ex officio)
Web Strategy Group
Educational Technology Committee
Prep Math Institute Task Force (chair)
Professor of Mathematics (Retired)
I enjoy teaching. I have known I wanted to teach since the tenth grade. My early instructors in Fort Pierce, Florida appeared to live the life of my dreams. They were well respected by our community and were perfectly positioned in their various areas of influence to help many young students transition into a meaningful life and career.
I have taught at Valencia since 1975 and remember when there were only four (4) buildings on the west campus with orange groves surrounding the campus area. Kirkman Road was then a two-lane road with east campus opening the same year. There were eight (8) full time math faculty including Mr. Louis Edwards, chair of mathematics. The other seven full time faculty included Don Whelchel, Joe Lewis, Gisela Rosch (deceased), Wayne Jacobs, Ben Cheatham, Lee Sathre, and me.
Campus Crusade for Christ Faculty Advisor
I was the faculty advisor to Campus Crusade for Christ for several years. I most enjoyed seeing the successful and innovative programs that assist in developing the Valencia students as evidenced by the rich reception of gospel truths and the resulting deep change in the lives of students. I believe Dr. Barry Bunn is the current faculty advisor.
Recent Reading List
Numbered Account, by Christopher Reich
The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks
Judge & Jury, by James Patterson
The Camel Club, by David Baldacci
Black Friday, by James Patterson
Double Cross, by James Patterson
Innocent Man, by John Grisham
Simple Genius, by David Baldacci
The Collectors, by David Baldacci
Stone Cold, by David Baldacci
I played trumpet during college and currently play keyboards occasionally. I am a former member of the Marching 100 at FAMU where I played 1st trumpet (1969-74). I afterwards learned to play both organ and piano for worship services. I have performed several original songs including "Love, Love is in Christ", "There's Joy for the Comforter Has Come", and "Let's Just Praise the Lord our God"
I currently own a Harley softail deuce. I have been taking this wonderful machine out for a ride in Central Florida since July 2005 when I purchased it. I have covered about 10 200 miles as of April 2014.
CES (Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas NV)
Men's Brotherhood Conclave (Alpha B'eta Omega, Pensacola, FL)
Greece, Turkey, Italy, Israel
Cape Town, South Africa
India, Iceland, Scotland
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Healthcare Center for the Homeless
I currently serve as past chair of the board of directors for the Healthcare Center for the Homeless (see www.hcch.org). I have served since 1998. I currently volunteer about once a week as an outreach specialist with the H.O.P.E. Team (Homeless Outreach Partners Effort). We serve nearly 157 homeless camps with almost 10,000 clients throughout Orange, Seminole, and Osceola Counties.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
I have been a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity since the spring of 1970. I pledged originally at the Beta Nu chapter of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. I was the seventh of the Seven Titans of Thebes. Our line was a jewel line since Alpha has seven founders (December 4, 1906).
My other volunteer work
I serve as Senior Bishop and CEO of EL Bethel Temple of Jesus International, a five church consortium of ministries aimed at meeting the total needs of the total man. Our vision statement is found at www.elbetheltemple.org. My monthly visits to the five churches vary with my travel schedule. I also assist in the development of five additional churches in the Central Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina areas. My bio may be found here.
I maintain an active travel schedule as the outreach burden to world communities expands. I have preached/taught in Jamaica, Barbados, the twin island country of Trinidad and Tobago, and some states in the US. I have served in many cities in Florida as well. I plan annual trips to Cape Town, South Africa in an outreach teaching project to Portland High School in the Mitchell's Plain subdivision. A result of this outreach, some of my South Africa colleagues and I have formed a not-for-profit trust, Volunteer Educational Support 4 Africa (www.ves4a.org). I am also involved in the semi-monthly prison ministry outreach to the Lake County Correctional Institution (LCCI) inmates. I have formerly served as a day volunteer chaplain to LCCI twice weekly.
I and other American colleagues have been periodically involved with assisting H.E.L.P. Ministries in the Landsdowne area of Cape Town, South Africa. This ministry feeds over 5,000 children every school day and over 1,000 unemployed adults. You may find additional information at www.help-ministries.org.
My volunteer community work was cited in receiving the 1996 Exemplary Service to Community Award at Valencia Community College's graduation ceremony.
Deaconess Jennie S. Thompson
Deaconess Jennie Thompson (Ms. J) is the Administrator General of the Tribes of EL Bethel Temple of Jesus International. She is the keeper of finances, organizer of various reports and our annual convocation. She serves faithfully in all of the above duties and more. She is a critical liaison of the Tribes of EL Bethel Temple. She is from Brooksville, Florida.
Bishop Larry S. Herbert
Bishop Herbert is the senior pastor of Victory Deliverance Center of Auburndale, Florida. He is one of three members of the Bishop's Council and a vital member of our team. Bishop Herbert is a Vietnam veteran and holder of the purple heart for his service to his country. He is married to Lady Pamela V. Herbert and they have six children together.
Bishop Edward M. Thomas, Sr.
Bishop Thomas is senior pastor of the EL Bethel Temple of Jesus at Orlando in the city beautiful, Orlando, Florida. His is also one of three members of the Bishop's Council. Bishop Thomas was born in Arcadia, Florida and has taught many years as a Band and Music teacher in the Orange County Public Schools. A graduate of the Florida A & M University, Bishop Thomas is father of ten children with wife Elder Carolyn Thomas.
Mother Valegia Postell
Mother Postell is the doyenne (senior mother) of the Tribes of EL Bethel Temple of Jesus International. She supervises various organized meetings with her group of national mothers in Mother Angela R. Morris and Mother Mamie Mathis. She coordinates the women's portion of our annual convocation each year and advises our Bishop's Council on affairs dealing with our women and girls district wide.
Deaconess Diana Mincy
Deaconess Diana Mincy works primarily with Mother Postell in assisting the organization of convocational events as well as developing programs geared to support our Tribes. Whether feeding schemes are needing attention or support for our tribal gatherings, Deaconess Mincy will be in the foray assisting. For this and other projects, we are most appreciative.
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Anonymous
Cliff C. Morris, Jr, Ph.D.
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