Dr. Morris Hintzman '67 - 2007 A Award Recipient
Dr. Morris Hintzman received the A Award for his heart for the homeless and his work building Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, Florida.
Hintzman graduated from the College in 1967 with a degree in English. In 1970, he received his M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminiary. He was also presented an honorary D.D. from the Seminary in 1998 for his work with poor and homeless families.
Hintzman joined Metropolitan Ministries in 1982 as an executive director and one of the Ministries' first full-time employees. In 1997, Hintzman was promoted to president. During his more than 25 years of leaderhsip, Metropolitan Ministries has grown from serving several hundred families a year to several thousand. The staff has grown from one employee and 75 volunteers to more than 85 volunteers and thousands of volunteers giving nearly 50,000 hours in service a year to the ministry. The campus has expanded from a small 1,200 square-foot dilapidated house to a campus that includes several buildings and spans several city blocks. In 2003-2004, more than 1.25 million meals were served through the ministry.
Prior to joining Metropolitan Ministries, Hintzman pastored at United Methodist Churches in Kentucky and Florida. He is the founding pastor of Van Kyke UMC. While at First UMC of Brooksville, he developed Hernando County Helping Hand, his first venture in ministering to poor and homeless families. He served as its president for five years.
Over his carree, Hintzman has served on more than 25 councils, boards and committees within the social service filed, including former Florida Governor Bob Graham's Task Force on Homelessness and Asbury College's Board of Trustees. His dedicated service to providing answers for poor and homeless families has earned him recognition by a dozen different organizations.
Hintzman is married to Paula Ragsdale '68 Hintzman and they have two children, Thomas and Sheryl, and grandchildren.