Muskingum Valley Baptist Association
Thursday, June 21, 2018
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The Bill Murray Associational Missions Offering
 
 
Every year in May churches around the MVBA take up a special offering to help support missions in our association.  This offering is named after one of the first associational missionaries we had, Bill Murray.
 
William Joseph (Bill) Murray was Director of Missions in the Muskingum Valley Baptist Association for 15 years.  He was appointed there in April 1973 and took medical retirement from the post in February 1988.
 
Bill was born on February 2, 1929 in Squire, West Virginia.  He moved 8 miles into Virginia where we graduated from high school in Tazewell.  After serving in the US Air Force he attended Baylor University, met his wife Elvenor Adair, and graduated in 1955.  He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1958.  After serving two churches in Texas he became pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Hamilton, OH.  He followed that ministry as pastor of Austin Village Baptist Church in Warren, OH.  Bill had a heart for missions and church planting which led to an appointment as Director of Missions for the MVBA.
 
In the MVBA Bill loved the pastors and saw himself as a pastor to pastors.  He yearned to see the lost of Muskingum Valley come to know the Lord and was a valiant prayer warrior on behalf of the lost and on behalf of the churches who had the Good News to share.  He was also a committed soul winner personally.  His newsletters were a source of information and encouragement and the column, Words from the Wonderful Wilderness, was full of his wit and humor.  Tales of the goats, ducks and children encouraged visits from pastors and church members throughout the association.
 
Bill and Elvenor's four wonderful daughters and one precious son were his jewels.  His investments in each of their lives will live on for generations.  Bill passed away on January 7, 1990.
 
During his tenure as Assoicational Missionary, Bill saw the number of congregations in the MVBA double from 13 to 26; membership grew from 1,400 to 3,400; and Cooperative Program giving increased from $14,000 to $61,000.  Bills victorious life was evident until the day he died and only eternity will tell of the countless lives he touched.
 
*** All funds collected go to funding new church starts ***