Pastor Murphy was born and raised in Baton Rouge. He and his wife, Paula, began their ministry in 1984, as full time evangelists for 3 1/2 years, ministering in 26 states. In 1987, they started a new church plant in Youngstown, Ohio, and ministered there for 6 years. In 1993, they came back to Louisiana to a small congregation of 12 people in the city of Baker...Grace Church. After outgrowing the property and facilities, Grace Church was blessed to move to a beautiful facility in the city of Central in 2009. Grace Church has been blessed by his ministry over the past 21 years!
Merrill is a dedicated minister who has a dynamic ministry that is built on consistent prayer and devotion. He has been actively involved in ministry at Grace since 2006. He currently ministers in many areas, including Service Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and Home Bible Study Teacher. He has also served as a facilitator for Home Fellowship Groups. He and his wife, Christy, are an incredible blessing to the people of Grace Church.
Dave has a passion for people and a heart for the Kingdom. He has been actively involved in ministry since 1994. Dave received a call to the ministry at just 17 years of age while attending Grace and was mentored by Pastor Murphy. He has ministered as Youth Leader, Bible Quiz coach, Home Fellowship Group Facilitator, and Sunday School Teacher. He and his wife, Farrah, served as Associate Missionaries to Northern Ireland in 2008. They are currently living out their passion for God and others by serving as Student Pastors and coordinating College and Career and all Singles Ministries.