Murray is a lifelong resident of Birmingham AL. He is a graduate of Samford University (Communication Studies, 2002) where he met his wife Kim, Covenant Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, 2005), and University of Alabama (Ph.D. in Organizational Communications through the College of Communications and Informational Sciences, 2017).
In January 2006, Murray was hired by Covenant Presbyterian Church (Birmingham, AL) to serve as Assistant Pastor of Church Planting. In September 2007, he and Kim planted Cahaba Park Church PCA, a daughter church of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Cahaba Park Church PCA was particularized in September 2008. Murray served as Cahaba Park Church PCA’s as Senior Pastor until September 2022.
Murray led Cahaba Park Church PCA in the planting of three daughter churches and established a church planting ministry, COHORT, with the help of CPC’s daughter churches and Mission to North America. Approximately 20% of new PCA church plants each year come through the COHORT ministry. COHORT has helped establish more than 80 new churches in 10 years. God has blessed the PCA already through the organizational leadership gifts of Murray as a member of the MNA Permanent Committee (2013-2022); MNA permanent Committee Chairman (2021 – 2022); Evangel Presbytery Moderator (2020 and 2021) and Evangel Presbytery MNA Committee Chairman (2016 – 2022) and assisted in establishing the Alabama Church Planting Network and served in various leadership positions.
Murray and Kim have been married twenty years and have three children. In addition to his passion for his family and for ministry, he loves watching his kids play the sports they love, working in the yard and Alabama football.