Trevecca Nazarene University

New Center for Social Justice honors J. V. Morsch

University Chaplain Tim Green (right) welcomes J. V. Morsch to speak in Chapel on Tuesday, November 13.
Trevecca announces the establishment of the J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice. This week at Trevecca, Morsch family members and friends celebrated J. V. Morsch’s lifelong commitment to serving human need and announced their intent to raise the funds needed to fund this new program to Trevecca, named in his honor.

The goal for the Center is to offer an interdisciplinary approach to empower service-minded students with the skills and experiences needed to become leaders in serving human need. The Center will offer a variety of non-credit programs and experiential opportunities and an interdisciplinary major in urban ministry that trains persons in theology, sociology, business, law, and technology. Its goal is to equip individuals to work from a Christian perspective in the reengineering of urban areas and to be able to respond to human need on a larger scale. —a unique combination of skills and training that are needed in the field of social justice. Students in the Center will work with civic groups, write grants, study societal problems and legal issues, participate in urban development and entrepreneurial business practices, and reflect biblically and theologically on concerns of social justice. The new inter-disciplinary major and minor will be offered in the fall of 2008.

For J. V. Morsch, retired pastor/district superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene, meeting the needs of a hurting world has been a significant part of ministry career. He continues to be an active volunteer in Compassionate Ministries, both nationally and internationally.  He presently serves as pastoral care minister at Center Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene in Orlando, Fla., and as the national volunteer liaison coordinator for Nazarene Disaster Response, an organization which he founded and for which he was its first national field director. Dr. Morsch is a former pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, Tenn., and a past chairman of the Trevecca Board of Trustees. He earned two baccalaureate degrees from Olivet Nazarene University, did graduate studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, and earned a doctor of ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary.

The Morsch family is leading the effort to fund and establish the J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice. Sons Gary, physician and founder of Heart to Heart International and Docs Who Care, and Mark, a trial attorney, are taking leadership roles. The goal is to raise an initial $1 million for the Center’s establishment and to create an endowment for ongoing program funding. Already, more than $507,000 has been pledged toward the goal.  For more information on how to make a gift, please contact Trevecca’s Office of External Relations at 615-248-1355.