2014. In October 2014, Saint Simon's wardens and vestry arranged with the Reverend J. Gregory Morgan to serve as an extended-term guest (supply) priest, until the Spring of 2015. A possible further term will be considered at that time.
In 2012, Father Greg served at Christ and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Manhattan as assistant to the rector after doing his field work at that parish for two years while he completed his Master of Divinity degree at the General Theological Seminary. While serving as a seminarian, he initiated an Education for Ministry class for adults.
He was ordained to the priesthood at his sponsoring parish, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, MO, by the Right Reverend Martin S. Field, Bishop of the Diocese of West Missouri.
Prior to entering the ordination discernment process in 2006, Father Greg had a career in education.
He holds degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle (B.A.), the University of Michigan (M.A.) and The Pennsylvania State University (M.A.); he also spent a year in France at the Université d’Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, where he completed certificates in language, philosophy, literature and history.
1980-1989. He had a prep school teaching career in Milwaukee where he taught both French and history in two area day schools. In 1980, he was called to Washington, DC, to be Headmaster of National Cathedral School where he served until 1989 and where he was also President of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington.
1989-2000. He also had a long tenure at The Harrisburg Academy (est. 1784) as Head of School from 1989-2000; while there, he was President of the West Shore Library Association.
Married until 2002, he has a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren on the coast of Maine where the family spent many summers when they were located on the East Coast. He had returned to the Midwest (where he had grown up) in 2001 to care for his mother who was in a nursing home in S.E. Kansas. Following her death that summer, he moved to Kansas City where he taught and did fundraising for nonprofit organizations. During those years, he became deeply involved in the life of the downtown cathedral there.
2008. In late 2008, he was made a postulant for Holy Orders and subsequently entered seminary. While at General Seminary, he received a scholarship from the Society for the Increase of the Ministry, did clinical pastoral education at NYU Langone Hospital, studied at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, U.K., participated in the Episcopal Preaching Foundation seminar at Villanova University, received the Winifred H. Clark, Jr. Prize in Anglican Mission and Social Justice and did volunteer work for a homeless shelter, a food pantry and a clothing closet distribution program.
Fr. Greg and his partner, Thomas M. Reefer, Ed. D., who is a network engineer for Century Link, live on the upper west side of Manhattan. Thomas also had a prior career in private education (in part, in Manhattan) and is a professional organist; he has two grown sons.