Pastor Robert A. Morton
The son of Louis and Angela Morton, born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pastor Morton was educated in the public school system, ultimately graduating from Withrow International High School. He attended and graduated from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (2002). Robert graduated from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia where he earned a Master of Divinity, with a specialty in Ethics (2011) While in Atlanta, Pastor had the awesome opportunity to study under several ministers, Rev. Dr. Henry Wise Jones, Rev. Jerry D. Black, and Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale.
Pastor Morton's Interests
Pastor Morton’s personal and professional interests converge on the issues of community building, the creation and engagement of religious-public partnerships with and he hopes to provide safe space for those who are unhoused in our community, seek educational reforms that provide free education from Pre-K – community college.
Pastor Morton is also is very active in music, as a vocalist. Pastor’s earliest influences are rooted in jazz and neo-soul, Donny Hathaway, and Dee-Dee Bridgewater to name a few. Pastor Morton is active in our congregation as he currently serves as the Minister of Music for both the Bethel Choir and the Celebration Gospel Choir of Chico, California. On September 30, 2021, Rev. Robert Morton was ordained an Elder and subsequently appointed Pastor of Bethel AME, Chico.
Pastor’s favorite quote is - I have only but a minute, only 60 seconds in it, forced upon me, can't refuse it, didn't seek it, didn't choose it, but it's up to me to use it. I must suffer if I lose it; give account if I abuse it. Just a tiny little minute, but all of eternity is wrapped up in it - Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mayes