Rev. Dr. Terrill N. Murff, the newly called Pastor of The Congregational Church of Park Manor, UCC (December 2012), is an excellent preacher and visionary leader, who is able to work with and facilitate interactions among people from different socio-economic cultures, age groups and ethnic groups. He is a true man of God who is a critical thinker, a team player, a teacher and a person who works with groups in analyzing situations and developing productive plans of action. He loves the challenge of serving God!
Rev. Murff was called to ministry in 1998, while he and his family were attending New Faith Baptist Church, where he served as Co-chair of the Diaconate Board, under the Pastorate of Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas.
Prior to his call to The Congregational Church of Park Manor, Rev. Murff served as, and was ordained and installed as, Youth Pastor at Covenant UCC on October 17, 2004. In this capacity, he faithfully served as Youth Pastor beginning with a small number of youths. Under the Pastorate of Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith, Jr. the number increased to approximately 600 youth. Rev. Murff created an innovative youth ministry that included a contemporary church worship service, Christian Education Program, Teen Leadership Council, tutoring program and many other programs for children, youths and teens.
Rev. Dr. Terrill N. Murff is a member of many organizations. His educational background consists of receiving his Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching on May 11, 2013, and his Master of Divinity degree in June 2002, from McCormick Theological Seminary. He also received his undergraduate degree, in chemistry, from Chicago State University. Rev. Murff feels it is his 26-year career in engineering, as a leader and manager at W.R. Grace, that helped prepare him for his role as a pastor.
Rev. Murff is also very concerned about the youths in the community and is an active member of Park Manor Neighbors, SOUL (Southside Organization for Unity and Liberation), Greater Chatham Alliance, and CAPS & CLERGY.
Rev. Murff is married to his high school sweetheart, Barbara. They are proud parents of three daughters – Tiffiani, and twins Taahira and Talibah.