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Morris, Dr Colin M.
1929-2018; e.m. 1952

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Renowned preacher, author and broadcaster. Born in Bolton on 13 January 1929 and educated at Oxford and Manchester Universities, he served as a missionary in Zambia 1956-1969 and was elected first President of the United Church of Zambia. He became known for his passionate and outspoken views on political and social issues and was a close friend of President Kenneth Kaunda, with whom he worked in the negotiations for Zambia's independence. He became minister of Wesley\'s Chapel, London in 1970 and General Secretary of the Overseas Division in 1975. He was President of the Conference in 1976.

In 1978 he joined the BBC and became widely known for his contributions to 'Thought for the Day'. He became Head of Religious Broadcasting and from 1987 to 1991 was Controller of BBC Northern Ireland. A prolific writer on preaching, on popular theology and on the media, his books include Include Me Out (1968) , Raising the Dead (1996) and Things Shaken - Things Unshaken (2006). Throughout his supernumerary years he provided a series of thought-provoking articles to the Methodist Recorder.

He died at Lewes on 20 May 2018.


  • Leslie Charlton, Spark in the Stubble: Colin Morris of Zambia (1969)
  • Methodist Recorder, 24 June 1976,
  • Guardian, 22 May 2018

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