Beloved community leader, police chaplain, looking forward to new adventure
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
A former Tulsa Police chaplain and advocate for people in the homeless community is taking a leap of faith. He’s moving his family across the country to spread his mission of love to the west coast.
To people passing by, it’s just Andru Morgan’s kids washing one of two family cars. But for the Morgan family, it’s their next gift to Tulsa.
“I’m just naïve enough to believe that we can change this world,” he says with a bright smile.
Morgan has been giving to this community for 15 years.
“I believe that that majority that’s within us,” he goes on. “That love that we all have, I believe that we can change this world if we can live our life poured out to give that love out.”
He’s poured all he can into Tulsa. Now, he sits down to reflect.
“I want to see things put together for this community,” he says. “I’ve always had a passion, even when I was a radio DJ, I’ve always wanted to see this community find solutions to the different issues.”
Morgan’s career in Tulsa, working with the homeless at John 3:16 Mission for 15 years, and serving as a police chaplain through the Terrence Crutcher, Eric Harris and Joshua Barre shootings, and the racial unrest that followed each, has been trying, but hopeful.
“Tulsa doesn’t need an instant cure for racism because Tulsa knows the healer,” he explains. “Tulsa knows what love is. Tulsa knows God. This is still a good and godly community and so, with that, I feel very encouraged in leaving.”
He isn’t running from T-town and what some perceive are its problems.
“This isn’t a godless city,” he says. “This isn’t a hopeless city. This is a city that’s going to be the model that’s going to change the world.”
He’s running toward another mission.
“I’m not leaving this community because things are tough or anything like that,” he says. “I’m leaving because I know this community is in good hands.”
Now he’s taking his hands to Portland to put them to good use there.
“We can wake up one day, and be willing to lay down our life,” he says of what he hopes for his new city, and his old one. “If we’re willing to live our lives poured out, we really will change the world.”
As for that car, it was going to be his oldest son’s to drive to school at Booker T. Washington. But when he learned of his dad’s choice to move to Oregon, he asked if they could donate it. It’s one last gift to a needy person. And one more giving soul in the Morgan family.