Pastoral Care

mmurphy@jfmchurch.org


I have been married to Linda since 1968 and we have two children: Rick and Lisa. Rick lives in southwest Illinois and has a daughter (Carrigan) and a son (Kelton). Lisa and her husband, Craig, reside in southern Michigan and have three daughters (Olivia, Emma and Mikaila).

I was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana and am a graduate of Francis Joseph Reitz High School. After graduation from Frankfort Wesleyan Bible College (A.B. 1970) and Asbury Theological Seminary (M. Div. 1973), I have spent 44 years in pastoral ministry. My pastorates include the Bedford, Indiana First Wesleyan Church (2 years), the Trinity Free Methodist Church in Merrillville, Indiana (7 years), the Bedford, Indiana First Free Methodist Church (12 years), the Ypsilanti, Michigan Free Methodist Church (14 years), Anderson, Indiana Wesley Free Methodist Church (5 years). After "retiring" in 2013, I have been on staff here at JFM as the Pastoral Care Pastor (a part-time position). 

I enjoy golf, bicycling, reading, Starbuck’s and rooting for the Indiana University basketball team and the University of Michigan football team. 

Favorite Quotes:
”The two most important days in your life are the day your were born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” C.S. Lewis

My life verse is Micah 6:8. “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Favorite Books:
”Renovation of the Heart” by Dallas Willard
“Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis
”A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” by Eugene Peterson