SILVER SPRING, Md. — Hope Channel President Pastor Derek Morris has been fired from his position after failing to get through the entire week of lesson studies on his Hope Sabbath School program.
The most recent episode features Morris teaching the weekly Adventist Sabbath School lesson to a studio audience class and becoming uncharacteristically distracted by trick questions, back-row chatter and note-passing from rowdy new class members.
The veteran preacher and theology professor, who usually covers each week’s subject matter thoroughly, was thrown off his talking points and was caught on tape at the end of the session admitting that “we got a little carried away there and only got as far as Wednesday.”
In a written statement, General Conference administrators pushed back on protests from Hope Channel viewers that firing Morris was too harsh a punishment for getting distracted:
“Derek was a college professor for years. How he allowed himself to get sidetracked like that is beyond us.”