Morgan, 55, is leaving his position as executive director of the Tri-Cities Christian nonprofit organization, effective Dec. 31. The Spring Lake Township resident plans to move to a 160-acre farm near Stanwood that he purchased a few years ago to run a hobby farm.
“It's been the plan all along,” he said. “What I'm doing is simply moving on to my next phase in life.”
Morgan will still be helping people — this time elementary school students, who will be invited to tour his farm. It will include crops, chickens, bees and a small sawmill where he plans to handcraft furniture.
“I want to make it available for these kids to go on a field trip and see where bees make honey, that eggs come from chickens and not from Meijer,” Morgan said. “It's really having the ability to see God's creation at work.”
Morgan took the helm of Love INC of the Tri-Cities in 2002 after he tired of climbing the corporate ladder as director of information technology for the Grand Rapids-based Meijer Inc. He describes his corporate years as a “selfish” time in his life.
“That was all about me — selfishness, climbing the corporate ladder and travel,” Morgan said. “I was really self-centered. Then I had an epiphany. That's when I made the shift from Meijer into Love INC.”
The Love INC Board of Directors gave Morgan $5,000 in seed money. Within six months, he was able to grow it to $34,000 through church and other donations.
Today, the local organization has more than $4 million in assets, including its main office at 1106 Fulton Ave. in Grand Haven, shelters for men and women, and two resale stores. Last year, the local organization provided more than $3.8 million in services, according to Morgan.
Love INC Board Chairman Cecil MacLaren said the organization will hire a Holland-based consulting firm to help land a new leader. He wants to have that person in place before Morgan's departure to facilitate a smooth transition.
“It's going to be a big loss for our organization, yet we feel like it's all in God's timing,” said MacLaren, adding that Morgan will be an honorary lifetime board member.
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