Gabriel Morgan is our parish vicar. “Vicar” means someone who stands in the stead or place of somebody else. Some churches use the term to refer to an agent who serves as a representative of the pastor, while others use it to refer to the way in which a pastor or bishop stands in the person of Christ to the church. In the Lutheran church, the term is used to describe a pastoral intern who serves under the supervision of a senior pastor. A Lutheran vicar performs most of the duties of a pastor, with the exceptions of presiding over holy communion and other executive functions of a senior pastor. A Lutheran vicar serves in this capacity under the endorsement of a synodical ordination committee with the plan of eventual ordination to Word and Sacrament ministry. Gabriel’s vicarage will complete in January of 2019.
Gabriel is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, receiving the Master of Divinity degree in 2012, with the Hitchcock Prize for excellence in historical theology. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, which is now called United Lutheran Seminary. His dissertation was on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Paul Ricoeur. Originally from Tampa, Gabriel is also an alumnus of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s in philosophy. He and his wife Erin live in Southeast Seminole Heights.