Associate Professor of Old Testament
B.A., Temple Baptist College
M. Div., The Master’s Seminary
Th. M., The Master’s Seminary
Th. D., The Master's Seminary
Dr. Murphy grew up in OH, where he spent most of his formative years in Dayton, OH. He grew up as a Lutheran, Eagle Scout, who won the God and Country award while a part of the Boy Scouts. As a young adult, he was predominantly interested in Football and was an amateur Racquetball player on the Coors Light series. As he describes it, life was all about self until the age of 29 when he met his soon to be wife, Katherine, on a blind date. They dated for about 3 weeks and got engaged, but she had one stipulation - he had to go to premarital counseling with her pastor. Her pastor turned out to be Dr. John Street! The Lord used their time in pre-marital counseling to expose him to the Scriptures and around that time he read The Gospel According to Jesus. He came to understand that he had not been a Christian nor could he become one without the help of God and His sovereign grace. God was gracious to save Dr. Murphy and he was radically changed in August of 1992.
After that, he began to listen to MacArthur tapes and signed up for the tape lending program from GTY. He went to Bible college at that time and then felt compelled to come to LA for Seminary training…where he and his wife came in 1997. Dr. Murphy graduated in May of 2000 with his M.Div and went on to earn a Th.M and a Th.D from TMS. In 2000, he also began pastoring at Roosevelt Community Church in Lancaster, where he continues to pastor today. He began teaching at the Master's Seminary in the fall of 2008. He has been married to Katherine for 25 years and has two children, a son, Liam (18) and a daughter, Madelyn (15).
MORE ABOUT DR. MURPHY
What is your favorite passage/book of the Bible?
Romans 12 (verse 1 is the best summary of what the Christian life is all about), and...whatever text I am studying.
What four words best describe you?
Short Guy From Ohio
What else do you do for fun?
Every year, Liam and I head up to Oakland to watch THE Golden State Warriors in person. Love it and have been doing that for a number of years.<
What do you enjoy most about being at TMS?
All of it! I am amazed at the privilege to have been able to be here as a student, receive a stewardship from the men I studied under, and now to have the opportunity and responsibility to pass that on to the next generation. The fellowship, the camaraderie, and Christian Love of this place are so great.