Succession

This month, Haven Ministries announced its biggest leadership transition in 25 years with Charles Morris “going emeritus” and David Wollen taking up the torch as the fifth president and host in this ministry’s 90 year history. On today’s episode of the Great Stories Podcast, you’ll get to hear a recent conversation they had while taking listener questions over ZOOM.

Recorded live on January 17, 2024, this captivating event provided a unique opportunity for Haven’s community to delve into David Wollen’s passion for ministry, his deep connection with Haven, and his fervent desire to keep sharing the great story that is all about Jesus.



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All good things must come to an end. But in Christ, there are always new beginnings. On today’s episode of the Great Stories Podcast, Charles Morris introduces Haven Today’s new speaker and president, David Wollen.

It’s been almost 25 years now since Charles became the fourth speaker of Haven Today, and as he “goes emeritus,” Charles will still co-host the program with David for a short season. So, join them for a great discussion about Haven’s past, present, and future, and learn more about the work of Christ in David’s life.


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Almost twenty-five years ago, I was entrusted with the ministry of Haven. I knew that one day I would be passing the torch of this 90-year-old ministry to someone else. What I did not know is that this person would be a good friend of mine.

With great excitement and joy, I announce this year I will shift into an emeritus role and welcome David Wollen as the president and future host of Haven Today.

If you listened to the on-air announcement on Haven Today, then you’ve already heard the news. Either way, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little more about my longtime friend who will be ushering this ministry into a new era. For more information on how this transition will take place over the coming months, click here.

I first met David and his soon-to-be wife, Marci, at a Christmas concert at Biola University. We were complete strangers, or so I thought. During intermission, we struck up a conversation. I realized that I was close friends with the man who would soon be his father-in-law. Our paths crossed again two years later as I was seeking an assistant. I wasn’t just looking for someone to merely handle administrative tasks but also someone with a diverse skill set, leadership potential, and who deeply resonated with the vision that this ministry is all about Jesus. David was the perfect fit. One year in, he became our COO.

Not only did David and I become fast friends, but so did our families.

Charles Morris and David Wollen through the years

I remember how Janet and I prayed with David and Marci for their first child, which the Lord delayed for a long season. What a joy it was for me to be there for their daughter’s first birthday and see her smashing a cupcake into her face with so much glee! What a reminder of answered prayer.

Over the years we enjoyed hikes, picnics, and spiritual retreats. We’ve prayed together, celebrated together, and even mourned together. I count it true joy to call David Wollen my brother in Christ and friend.

The idea of one day passing the torch used to make me nervous. I didn’t know who would become the fifth speaker of Haven Ministries. I prayed for God to bring about the perfect person in His timing. That is exactly what He did.

I can attest to David’s experience and knowledge as someone who teaches the Word of God, his desire to serve others in his leadership, and his eagerness to know Christ more. Even his most recent experience in international missions will be valuable as he returns to Haven. But in knowing David, I have been most encouraged by his daily dependence on Jesus.

When you tune in to Haven Today this month, you will continue to hear my voice alongside David’s. As time progresses, I will dial back my presence in the program while continuing to serve in a support role. I look forward to seeing how God will use this 90-year-old ministry in the years to come.


About the Author

Charles Morris served as Haven’s host and president from 1999 through 2023, and is still actively serving in an emeritus role on the air and in leadership.

Charles now lives in Washington with his wife, Janet. Together, they wrote Saving a Life, Jesus in the Midst of Success, and Missing Jesus. They have three children and are the proud grandparents of Charlotte, Gracie, Ricky, Charlie, and Cosette. In 2017, Morris collaborated with New York Times bestselling author Craig Borlase and wrote Fleeing ISIS, Finding Jesus which chronicles the stories of Christians in the Middle East today.