Darrell Morgan, Lead Pastor at The Word of Life Church in Apopka, has taken over as President of The Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance (ACMA). He succeeds Hezekiah Bradford, who remains as The South Apopka Ministerial Alliance President.
He explained his approach as wanting to make the Alliance a household name in Apopka.
"As of this morning (Tuesday), I have taken the position as President," Morgan said. "We're going to have fellowship. We're going to have devotionals. I want to have guest speakers. I want Apopka to know who we are. I want us to have a voice in this city."
Morgan also named a five-member Executive Board which includes himself, Vice President Jimmy Siberio (Lead Pastor of Oasis Church in Apopka), Treasurer Ronda Rieves (Executive Pastor at Apopka Calvary Church) and board members Doug Bankson (Lead Pastor at Victory World Outreach Church) and Bradford (Lead Pastor at St. Luke Full Gospel Baptist Church).
In the past, the ACMA was a casual group of pastors who met once a month, had lunch, talked about issues that impacted Christianity and Apopka, but never attempted to formally organize. The Alliance's one consistent project was The Mayor's Prayer Breakfast.
"(Apopka) Mayor (John) Land handed us this Prayer Breakfast on a silver platter," said Morgan. "And it's actually the biggest evangelical crusade in town at this time. I don't want to lose it."
In addition to the Prayer Breakfast, the ACMA is partnered with the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance to produce The Apopka Family, Faith and Food Festival on January 7th. The additional responsibility of a Festival made it necessary to formally organize the ACMA.
"This is new territory for us," said Morgan. "We've always had a fellowship of pastors, but we're getting more involved. Our vision is to bring more formality to the Alliance. There needs to be checks and balances. We want to do more and because of that we need better organization."
The Board agreed to apply for a 501c3 non-profit status, an independent bank account for the ACMA, and by-laws to be signed by each member.
Morgan went on to describe his belief in what the ACMA should stand for, and why an alliance of pastors is vital.
"If we truly want to minister to everyone in this city, then we need each other. If you think you don't need people, you haven't pastored long enough."