Executive Director - Urban Ministries of Wake County
Dr. Peter Morris is the executive director of Urban Ministries of Wake County, a non-denominational non-profit with broad community and volunteer support. As Executive Director of Urban Ministries Dr. Morris has worked with his Board to reset a vision and mission that brings a 35 year mission into the 21st Century. The response has been tremendous from the community, partners, individual and business donors, volunteers and clients.
Dr. Morris is a pediatrician who practices public health and preventive medicine. He believes we need to move past primary care and public health to community health, where we listen, respond, plan and work with clients, volunteers and staff and change health outcomes together. Dr. Morris trained at UNC for medical school, pediatric residency and preventive medicine fellowship. He has a MD and MPH from Carolina and a Masters in Divinity from Duke.
Dr. Morris has chaired the boards of El Pueblo, the NC Child Fatality Task Force, Action for Children, and the Wake County Medical Society Community Health Foundation, among others. He is past president of the Wake County Medical Society and the NC Pediatric Society. He has received a number of awards including the first Hands in Health award from the John Rex Endowment, the Dave Tayloe Community Pediatrics award from the NC Pediatric Society, and lifetime achievement awards from Glaxo Smith Kline/NC Public Health Association and the Triangle Business Journal.
Dr. Morris is a long time resident of Wake County, serving as medical director of Wake County Human services for over 25 years before “retiring” to Urban Ministries where he has been executive director for four years. He lives in Fuquay Varina with his wife, Sara.