A challenge leads to a legacy
Initially challenged to try Boise Bible College for a year, Andy Morris has spent a lifetime in ministry and passed the legacy on to his sons.
Bill Putman, then director of Intermountain Church Planters Association, encouraged Andy to attend BBC, and he started in 1980. Right away, he found himself in ministry, mostly on the road! Two years of travel as a member of the Image of Christ were followed by two years of weekend travel to Gooding, Idaho, ministering to children and families with Gooding First Christian Church. Between travels to Gooding, he helped Putman with a church plant in Ontario, OR. He also spent a summer as a camp rep. His fifth and last year as a student, he traveled on weekends and worked in the office part-time during the week as a BBC Admissions Counselor. BBC hired him full-time after his graduation with a BA in 1985.
Life After Boise Bible College
He married Deborah Wherry that same year and soon found that traveling and a new marriage didn’t mix very well, so he began looking for a located ministry. He took a Youth and Worship ministry in Milwaukie, OR, serving there five years before Gooding First Christian asked him to come back and be their Senior Minister. In 1991 they moved to Gooding, where he served for nearly 28 years. Andy is currently the preaching minister at Mini-Cassia Community Christian Church in Heyburn, ID where he serves with Jacob Hartman (Bachelor’s in Preaching ’19).
Andy and Debbie raised their two sons, Joshua and Caleb, in Gooding. Josh went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in business before attending BBC for a year. He then enrolled in the residency program at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, AZ, and earned a master’s degree in Strategic Ministry from Johnson University. Today, he is Director of Student Ministries at NewPoint Community Church in Millersburg, OH.
Caleb and his wife Katie enrolled at BBC together and both graduated in 2011 with bachelor’s degrees. They’ve served in ministries in Oregon and Idaho. Today they serve at Kimberly Christian Church, Kimberly, ID as Youth and Family Minister and Church Secretary. They’ve also given Andy and Debbie two grandsons, Ben and Jeff. Any time hanging out with the grandsons is a good time, says Andy, and he likes it when their parents join, too.
Andy is extremely grateful for his time at BBC and so many who influenced and shaped him. Margaret Crane’s work with Image, Ernie Chamberlain, and Bobbi Putman in the Development office, President Ewing, Academic Dean Carl Anderson, and professor Kenny Beckman all invested in and blessed him greatly. Professors Chuck Faber and Dale Cornett started their careers the same year he started his studies and became and still are great friends and influences.
A love for travel and missions has taken Andy and Debbie many places, often taking others with them. Many friends and great memories have come from trips to Globe, AZ with Amor Ministries, and the orphanage at Rancho De Los Ninos in El Castillo, Mexico. Many trips to Haiti with medical mission teams gave Debbie the opportunity to use her nursing expertise to serve. They have partnered, along with others, with Global Vision Citadelle Ministries to develop their “Vision Farm” that is raising chickens and providing vegetables and fruit for their orphanage. A “Footsteps of the Apostle Paul” study tour and a trip to Israel were thoroughly enjoyed. These trips helped deepen Andy’s understanding of Scripture and ministry. He and Debbie have found time to get to Hawaii and Alaska for vacation and still love to visit the Oregon coast. While he doesn’t travel quite as much now, he still makes it to meetings of the BBC board, on which he has served six years.
Andy says BBC helped his family build a base, starting with him and Debbie and continuing with their sons and their daughter-in-law and he looks forward to their grandsons attending one day. Andy is grateful to be serving with the school that has done so much for him. He has been overwhelmed at times and humbled to see how God faithfully provides and protects the movements of His Kingdom, even in the most uncertain of times.