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Rev. Anthony Murray

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Pastor Anthony Murray was born in Pittsburgh, Pa and is one of ten children. He attended Hardy Bible School and The Center for Urban Biblical Ministry of Geneva College.  He has  attended the  COPP School, instituted by the Tennessee Sunday School Publishing Board, to become certified to teach. Pastor  Murray has received his certification to teach at  the Copp School, for the Allegheny Union Baptist Association. Pastor Anthony Murray has also increased his learning by attending the Progressive National Baptist Convention, which holds minister seminar classes in  Christian leadership,  as well as, attending the Hampton Baptist Minister's Conference. Pastor Murray has also, attended  the American Baptist College, where he is continuing to study to show thyself  approved unto God.  He is currently going on seventeen years of pastoring the Hopewell Baptist Church, in Jeannette, Pa,

 

In 1979, Pastor Murray accepted Christ as his savior and was baptized at St. John the Evangelist Baptist Church, in Hazelwood, PA by his father in the ministry, Rev. Alvin coon. Throughout his tenure of twenty four years at St. John The Evangelist Baptist Church,  he also  served as a member of the Angelic choir, the senior usher board, the trustee board, and as a Sunday School teacher. Pastor Anthony Murray was also the, Sunday School superintendent and was ordained as a deacon May 17, 1987.

 

Pastor Murray received his call to preach the Word of God in April, 1997. He served as associate minister to Rev. Alvin Coon for four and a half years,  until August 24, 2001. It was at that  time he was called to be the shepherd of Hopewell Baptist Church. Rev. Anthony  Murray was installed as pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church  on October 28, 2001. Some of the blessings received at Hopewell under his leadership include: new carpet in the sanctuary, installation of a handicap ramp - 2002, addition of new ministries, ordination of three deacons – 2003. Pastor Anthony  Murray has also license  five associate ministers,  Installation of new windows in the sanctuary and purchase of a brand new 15 passenger van, which Hopewell Baptist Church now owns.  On September 6, 2003, 15 area churches gathered together and celebrated Jeannette’s first block party fellowship under  his leadership.In the blessed years of 2011 and 2012, Hopewell Baptist Church was blessed with the remodelling of the entire sanctuary, which included  new flooring and new carpeting, freshly plastered and painted sanctuary, along with new pulpit and pew furniture. On February 28th 2018, under the leadership of Pastor Anthony Murray. The entire lower auditorium was renovated with new lighting.  Pastor Anthony Murray continues to be “A man on the move for God”, as he continues  to build God's people into  spiritual maturity, in the Faith and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  . Pastor Anthony Murray is determine, to keep the vision alive, as well as, God's purpose, and God's plan, until it  becomes relevant, and until God fulfills His promise.

 

In 2002, he was elected as president of the Westmoreland Ministerial Alliance. God has blessed Pastor Anthony Murray to also become the president of the Jeannette Ministerial Alliance. Pastor Anthony  Murray was also the area vice president of the Lower Monongahela Area Clergy, for the Allegheny Union Baptist Association (AUBA).  Pastor Anthony Murray,  in November 2009, was elected as the Lower Monongahela Area Vice Moderator of the Allegheny Union Baptist Association. On July 24th 2014, Pastor Anthony Murray was eleted to Vice Moderator at Large for the entire Association, next to the Moderator. On January 11th 2018, Pastor Anthony Murray made history in the city of Jeannette. He became the first Pastor to be asked, to open up the Jeannette City Council Meeting with prayer. On February 15th 2018 Pastor Anthony Murray was once again, voted on to become the president of the Jeannette Ministerial Alliance. God continues to use the man of God for His glory.

 

Pastor Anthony Murray is married to a wonderful and loving woman of God, Minster Karen Murray. They were blessed with five beautiful daughters: Antoinette, Adrienne, Angela, Ashley, Alisha, and two grandsons. Prayer changes things!

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