Education: I have an A. B. degree in English from Ohio University
M. Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Ohio University
M. A. in Management and Supervision--personnel mgmt. from Central Michigan University
DPA (Doctorate in Public Administration) from Nova Southeastern University
M.A. in Christian Ministry from Indiana Christian University
M.Div. in Pastoral Ministry from Indiana Christian University
ThD in Theology from Indiana Christian University
Have taken several courses from Methodist Theological School of Ohio
Comment to those looking at my sermons: Please feel free to use anything you want to and help people
Sermon or series that made a difference: I am especially interested in the subject of physical healing and also practical subjects that deal with every day life problems and solutions.
One of my favorite illustrations: The story of the fox hunter who sold his business to a young guy giving him all of the instructions for success. In the spring the new hunter came back. The old fox hunter wanted to know how it went over the winter. He said, "I didn’t catch the first fox." The old hunter wanted to know if he followed his instructions to the letter. The novice said, "No, I found a BETTER WAY." Do we follow our way or God’s way? Are we successful.
Family: My family consists of my wonderful husband, Walter, and we have been married 32 years. He has been totally supportive to me throughout my ministry.
What my parents think of my sermons: Had they been living at the time I entered the ministry, they would have felt that my sermons were practical and down to earth.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: He really thinks that they are well prepared, down to earth and practical and that I have spent a lot of time on them because I want them to help people once they take the time to come and hear them.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Do not let people define you. Allow God to lead you into what he wants. Not what people want.
Books that have had an impact: Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Hagin books on healing and how to receive from God.
Hobbies: writing--Have three books published and they can be ordered from me as follows:
Moments with Marilyn $12.95 (125 inspirational devotionals)
More Moments with Marilyn $14.95 (125 more inspirational devotionals)
Prayers from the Heart (100 prayers on a variety of concerns in a casual style that hits home). Order from:
Dr. Marilyn S. Murphree
3642 Kay Dr.
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
A fourth book is almost completed. It will be called Many Moments with Marilyn--another 125 devotionals.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Make a clear cut commitment and serve the Lord rain or shine.
Something funny that happened while preaching: I was scheduled to baptize a baby and that morning the water was turned off at the church due to a problem. I filled the baptismal font with ice cubes and thought they would be melted before time to do the baptism. They weren’t. Parents saw the ice cubes and wondered why I was baptizing with ice cubes.
What I want on my tombstone: She was faithful to the Lord .