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 twenty 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., and, in February 2019 the church basement received water proofing. 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 three grandsons. Prayer changes things!

Associate Minister

Min. Karen Murray

Minister Karen Murray, one of five children, was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. Minister Karen Murray accepted Christ during her childhood years, and was baptized at Morningstar Baptist Church located in Glenwood, Pa.

She later joined St. John's the Evangelist Baptist Church in Hazelwood, Pa. in 1979 under the guidance and leadership of Pastor Alvin Coon. At  the St. John's, Evangelist  Baptist Church,  Minister Karen Murray began nurturing in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was involved in several ministries: Senior Ushers, a faithful Sunday School teacher, and diligent Missionary worker. In May of 1987 she became a deaconess where she faithfully fulfilled her spiritual responsibility to God and her church. While at St. John's The Evangelist Baptist Church, she also attended numerous workshops and seminars to increase her learning, while also being a faithful mother and wife.

In October of 2001 Minister Karen Murray became the First Lady of Hopewell Baptist Church in Jeannette, Pa.Since being a member of the  Hopewell Baptist Church, the Lord has found favor and seen workmanship in this Woman of God. In 2005 the Lord called Minister Karen Murray to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She has used her  time wisely that the Lord has alotted to her.  Her time with God and serving her family.  Minister Karen Murray is part of the Allegheny Union Baptist Association, minister wives and widows ministry, On July 24th 2014, minister Karen Murray was elected as the Vice President of the ministers, wives and widows ministry, of the entire Allegheny Union Baptist Association.  She is looking forward to attending classes once again with the Allegheny Union Baptist Association COPP School. Her studies have also been nutured  by her attending the Progressive National Baptist Convention, which holds minister seminar classes on Christian leadership.  Another way her knowledge in Chrst has nutured,  she  attends the Hampton Baptist Ministers Conference each year. Minister Karen Murray is continuing to study to show thyself approved unto God, she is currently a student at the American Baptist College. Minister Karen Murray is currently attending the Center of Urban Bibiical Ministries of Geneva College.

Minister Karen Murray most of all is a born again Christian who loves God and worshipping the Lord. A mother of five adult children who highly respect her for her love for  God and the love that she shows them in truth. Minister Murray knows that prayer is the key and faith unlocks the door. There is power in prayer! Pastor Anthony Murray is proud to call her his wife, and the Woman of God, that she is.

Associate Minister

Min. Diane Dudley

Associate Minister

Min. Carlene Hall-Cook

Chairman, Deacon Board

Dea. Larry Cook


Dea. Ellean Jones

Deacon in Training

Kenneth Frederick

Director of Music

Sis. Gloria Cook

  August 2021  
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