Pastor & Staff

Dr Sam and Dianna Murray

Dr Sam Murray has preached and pastored for congregations in FL, GA, SC, NC, SD, KY, HI, VA, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and TN. He accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at 12 years old and was called to preach at 14 years old.

Sam was saved and later called to preach at Eden Baptist Church, near Brooksville, FL. It was there that Sam enlisted in the Army in 1980. Sam Murray’s military career spanned over 28 years of active service in two different branches of the Army, Infantry and the Chaplain Corps. His arc of service began as a Private First Class, Chaplain Assistant. Sam was soon promoted to Non-Commissioned Officer ranks and then pursued Officer Candidate School. He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. Some years later, Captain Murray left active duty to pursue ministerial education and the credentials necessary to be a military Chaplain. Upon seminary graduation, he returned to active duty as an Army Chaplain. After returning from his second combat deployment, Chaplain Murray’s mother requested that he retire and move to Church Hill, Tennessee to be available as a help to his parents. Chaplain Murray retired from the Army in January 2009.

Sam has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Expository Preaching and a Graduate Certificate in Military Resilience from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Chaplain Murray holds a Master of Divinity degree from Bob Jones University in Greeneville, South Carolina; a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia

Sam and Dianna Murray currently reside in Church Hill, Tennessee. Dianna is the former Dianna Lee Fergerson. She and Sam married in 1979. The Murrays have two sons who are both Army combat veterans, and six grandchildren.

I Samuel 12:24 “Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you."

Dwayne and Tabatha Canter

Deacon Chairman

Dwayne is Chairman of the Deacons and Tabatha is our Treasurer.

Kendall and Ruth Etta (Not Pictured) Cochran


Deacon and Bass Singer

Dennis and Susan Helton


Deacon, Song Leader and Susan is our secretary and piano player.