Rev. Dr. David P. Murray

M.A., Dip. Theol., D. Min

Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament

Advisory Board and Doctoral Committee Member

 

Rev. Dr. David P. Murry - Professor of Ancient Language - Reformation Internatonal Theological SeminaryRev. Dr. David P. Murray was born in Scotland in 1966. Educationally, he has achieved an M.A. from the University of Glasgow, a diploma (equivalent to an M.Div.) in theology from the Free Church of Scotland College and a Doctorate of Ministry from Reformation International Theological Seminary.

While raised in the church, he experienced conversion in 1989 at the age of twenty-three years old. He was ordained by the Free Church of Scotland, but in the painful split that took place in that church, joined with the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) (FCSC). He has pastored in two congregations, the first in Hochcaron in Wester Ross and the last in Stornoway in the Isle of Lewis. This last congregation was the largest congregation in the FCSC. During his latter years, he was called upon to be a lecturer and tutor (while holding down a pastorate) in the FCSC's own training program for its future ministers. His area of expertise was in Hebrew and Old Testament.

 

David P. Murray and his lovely family in Scotland

In 2004, he came in contact with Reformation International Theological Seminary (RITS) while seeking a doctorate. Through the course of his work to earn a Doctor of Ministry degree, he prepared a course for the purpose of teaching an Old Testament survey for the ministerial students of the FCSC. He also prepared the current course that is being used by RITS for the training of students in Hebrew. Upon the completion of his degree under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Westcott, the doctoral committee became quite impressed with his abililties and invited him to serve both as a professor of Hebrew and Old Testament for our distance learning students (both courses of which are his), but we also requested that he serve on our doctoral committee and as an advisor to RITS on the education committee. In these capacities he continues to serve.

In 2007, he accepted an offer to become a professor of Old Testament at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and subsequently moved to the United States (our gain and Scotland's loss).

He now resides in the greater Grand Rapids area where along with his professorial responsibilities, he frequently fills the pulpit for area churches. He resides with his wife and four children (two boys, the older; and two girls the younger). They are  happy in the United States, though they do occasionally miss the friends and family who all remain in Scotland.