In 1937, Jason and Erma Morris moved to Signal Mountain, TN with their boys and built a comfortable home on Ohio Avenue. The boys, L.J. and Stanton, were 17 and 12 respectively and made many friends on the mountain. Signal Mountain quickly became 'home' for the Morris household. L.J. lifeguarded down the street at the old Signal Mountain Inn, now Alexian Village Retirement Community.
The boys went to dances at the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club with their friends. Erma and Jason and their family joined the church up the street, Marr Memorial Chapel, now Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church (www.signalpres.org). The family continues to worship here today. For the children in the neighborhood, the big old home next door adjoining the Morris property (which is now My Father's House) was always a source of intrigue and wonder!
In 1957, while L.J. and Virginia were stationed in France expecting their second child, Jay, the elder Morrises made a rare transatlantic phone call....the big old home next door (now My Father's House) was for sale...did they want to buy it?! Arrangements were made and L.J. and Virginia purchased the large old home on Florida Avenue. It would be ready and waiting for them and their young family when their military assignments overseas were complete.
L.J. Morris, Jr. at Signal Point
Kathleen and her brother, Jay, grew up in the home on Florida Avenue after the family returned from Izmir, Turkey in 1964. Their dad, always a builder at heart, loved to add to the old home and put his own special touches on it. The Morris home was a beautiful place filled with the fruits of their travels where Virginia hosted coffees and luncheons for every bride on the mountain! Dinner at their home was always a special occasion, no matter how simple or grand because of the love and graciousness which was shown to each guest. Each guest was special! This was a beautiful example to their children.
"Share with God's people
who are in need. Practice hospitality."
In 2008, the old Morris home stood empty. L.J. had passed away in 2005 and Virginia was living at the time, in an assisted living facility. Kathleen and Jay had decided it was time to sell their parents' home. All the grandchildren were grown, so the need for a large family home wasn't necessary.
The day before the house was to be put on the market, Kathleen's husband, Darrell, said that he thought we should wait. Stepping out in faith, and not knowing the next step, but trusting God; it quickly became evident that other people were drawn to the home. We were asked repeatedly by missionaries if they could come and stay for a few days to rest.
In January 2010, Darrell and Kathleen Morris Morgan bought her parents' home and moved in in September of that year.
We believe that our calling is to provide a place set apart...for restoration, prayer and to be a blessing to those who enter in...to give a drink of water to those who are empty.
Jesus said, "Come to Me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest."
Darrell and Kathleen welcome you into their home. It is for all who call Him "Father." My Father's House is a prayer place, a place of retreat and a celebration place... We give God the Glory!
“Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?" 2 Samuel 7:18
“And now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant. Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord GOD, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.” 2 Samuel 7: 28-29