MEET OUR PASTORS
Pastor Steve Murphy…
What motivated you to follow a path into ministry?
I have been drawn to serving God in the church my whole life whether it was folding bulletins as a child to being on the leadership team of the Wesley Foundation in college. Then during a season of working as a Media Director at a United Methodist Church I went jogging early in the morning. I was praying during this intended one mile jog, which turned into three because during it God clarified his call on my life which has led me to this new place of being a pastor in the UMC. I am excited and look forward to where this journey of calling, learning and love will lead.
What do you like best about your job?
I love interacting with so many people at different places on their journey.
If you had to sum up your greatest passion in one or two sentences…what would it be?
To live fully into being a learner, follower, apprentice of Jesus Christ and helping lead others on this path of grace and life. I love participating and leading small intentional discipleship groups seeking to follow Christ.
Tell us about your family.
Jill and I were married in 1996 and this adventure has been blessed by our two boys: Caleb and Ethan. We love wandering in the woods and my boys will be glad to tell about the times we have gotten lost.
Share a weird, fun, or unexpected fact about yourself.
a. In high school I tried out for the Seattle Mariners baseball team.
b. My first day as a summer youth director in the 90’s I discovered the youth had entered me into a cross dressing competition in the city festival, and I won!
Where did you grow up
I am a Louisiana boy (minus living in Florida from 6th to 12th grade). I spent the last 19 years before coming to North Carolina living in Ruston (home of the La Tech bulldogs which is Jill and my alma mater) in North Central Louisiana. My early years I grew up playing with frogs and crawfish in the canal across the street in south Louisiana.
Where did you go to Divinity School?
I graduated from Duke Divinity school May 15, 2015, after an amazing 4 year journey of learning more about how big and wonderful God is.
If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
“Meant To Live” by Switchfoot.
Share a favorite Bible verse.
Romans 12:1-2 – I appeal to you therefore brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.