According to the Bible, shepherding is the imagery used to reveal the relationship between God's people and their leadership (Ephesians 4:11). The shepherd plays an important role in the life of the sheep as he is the one placed there by God, to lead, guide, feed and protect God's sheep (Psalm 23).
The role of the shepherd is a sacrificial one and calls for him to sacrifice all in the protection of the sheep (John 10). It is expected of the shepherd to follow God's Word, exemplify it, teach it, preach it, and above all... live it ! (1 Timothy 3)
It is with this philosophical underpinning that Dr. Wilson Morales, a native of the South Bronx, in New York City, comes to minister in Southern Maryland. He is a resident of Maryland and has ministered intensely in St. Mary's, Charles, Calvert, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince George's Counties. Dr. Morales has over 30 years of ministry experience throughout the United States and continues to serve as Conference speaker both nationally and internationally. Dr. Morales is actively involved as a Chaplain to the Office of the Sheriff in Charles County and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has an earned Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Logos Christian College and Graduate School in Pastoral Care and Theology and serves as a Presbyter of Logos Global Network. He has completed his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies upon passing comprehensive exams in his PhD in Organizational leadership from Regent University.
Dr. Morale's family is actively involved in the life of the ministry and enjoy seeing God's hand in their lives! He is happily married to his college sweetheart, Lourdes. They have two awesome young boys... Josh Francisco and Jonathan David.
Critical to the ministry is the role of the Pastor's wife as she is the reflection of God's grace, love, and approachability. Lourdes demonstrates these characteristics and does so in a very natural and tender way. It is said that a man's greatness is achieved by those whom he surrounds himself with...well; Dr. Morales has surrounded himself with one special woman in Lourdes. Lourdes is a native of Puerto Rico and currently is the Praise and Worship Pastor at ECC, leads the Women's Ministry "Sisters in Service (SIS)", coordinates multi-media presentations, and tries to keep Dr. Morales focused! She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Christian Education at West Coast Christian College, Fresno, California and did Graduate Work at the University of Chattanooga in Tennessee in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Josh is a lay minister and leads the youth ministry at ECC. He is also an anointed worshiper and is very active in the music ministry of our church. He leads the Youth worship band GAP (Generation Arising in Praise) and sings and plays guitar with our Sunday morning worship Praise and Worship team.
Josh is a graduate of Grace Brethren Christian Academy in Waldorf, Maryland and is presently attending the College of Southern Maryland CSM doing a mayor in Communications.
As the youngest child JD tends to be the most free-spirited and fun-loving in the family.. He enjoys home schooling, learning sign language and playing with his video games.