Ben Murray

BA in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in global missions (West Coast Baptist College, 2008 — 2012)

Pastoral Internship at Lifeway Baptist Church (2012 — 2016)

Missions Internship with Project China in Taiwan (June 2016 — December 2016)

MA in Biblical and Theological Studies (Phoenix Seminary, 2017 — current)

There is nothing more worth living for than the proclamation of God’s glory and gospel to the nations!

In God's sovereignty, I was born into a Christian home. My Christian education exposed me to the gospel at an early age. Through the teaching of God's Word in a Christian school context, I learned of my dire need for Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. 

By the mighty workings of the Spirit of God in my young life, I realized my inherent sin was unacceptable before our holy God. By grace through faith, I placed my trust exclusively in my Savior, Jesus Christ. By the grace of God, I continued in the faith, attended church at every opportunity, and genuinely desired to grow in the knowledge of the triune God of the Bible.

As a teenager, God was working in my heart tremendously. Under the constant preaching of God's compelling Word, God moved my heart to consider full-time ministry. God placed in my heart a desire for pastoral ministry and I committed myself to train for ministry throughout my teenage and young adult years fully. During these years of serving diligently in the local church, God often turned my attention to global missions. God used the startling realization of the unreached and my home church's international outreach ministry (Barnabas Society) to college students (at Indiana University) to considerably stir my heart for the nations! Furthermore, God has only strengthened the direction into missions throughout my college days as I earned a Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies with a concentration in global missions and church planting. Today the Lord continues invigorate my soul to reach the the Chinese people with the gospel!

I know of a certainty that there is nothing more worthy of my life and my family's lives than God and His mission to proclaim the gospel to the nations!


Natasha Murray

BA in Elementary Education (2007 — 2011)

Missions Internship with Project China in Taiwan (June 2016 — December 2016)

The great need for the gospel in Taiwan is overwhelming, but the joy of sharing the life-giving truths from God’s Word is everlasting!

I am truly thankful to God for drawing me to salvation in Christ. It was in my teenage years when I realized my need for Christ as my Savior. After accepting Christ, I became eager to learn about God through His Word. The Lord put in my heart a desire for ministry and to serve Him with my life.

God continued to grow desire for missions during my college days. It was through preaching, God's Word, and missionary biographies that my love for missions grew. My heart became burdened for those in other countries who had never even heard of Christ. It was specifically in my second year of college when God stirred my heart for missions. I remember praying and telling the Lord that I was willing to go. Little did I know at the time, although God surely knew, that He was preparing me for the mission field. 

As I consider the gospel and what Christ has done, I am constrained to not live my life for myself, but rather for Him who died for me! (2 Corinthians 5:15)

When I was in Taiwan for our six-month internship, God showed me the great need for the gospel in Taiwan. It was sobering when I talked to people who had never heard the gospel, but it was a great joy to share and explain the truths of God's Word to them!

I look forward to returning to Taiwan with the heart and desire to share the gospel, disciple ladies, and be a helpmeet to my husband as we focus on planting churches for God's Kingdom.


We are undeserving beneficiaries of God’s amazing grace. We can take no credit. All the glory belongs to God alone!

Missions

We are overjoyed the Lord has given us a heart for reaching the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ and we wish to glorify God's magnificent name with our lives!

In June of 2016, we were officially sent from our home church to serve a six-month internship with already established church planting missionaries in Taiwan. The on-field ministry experience (church planting, discipleship, foundational learning of Mandarin Chinese) proved invaluable to our missionary training and preparation!

Through all of God's gifting, guidance, biblical counsel, Project China's mentorship, and local church pastoral care, the Lord has solidified the future course of our lives into missions. One of our prayers for our future ministry in Taiwan is longevity. By God's enabling grace, we are committed to serve the Lord with hearts of overwhelming gratitude as church planting missionaries in Taiwan.

Education

My wife and I met at college. We both graduated with bachelor's degrees in biblical studies. While her degree concentrated on Christian elementary education, I concentrated on theological studies and missions. We both desire to grow in our understanding of the Bible. We both share an avid eagerness to study and go deeper in the Word of God for personal growth and for practical ministry needs. Through online modular-style, seminary-level courses in biblical studies and biblical counseling we are equipping ourselves more so that we may interpret the Word of God rightly and apply the marvelous truths of the gospel to the nations more effectively! It is also through diligent personal study of the authoritative Scriptures with the supplement of robust theological books and commentaries that we continue to learn of our praise-worthy triune God.

 

Marriage & Ministry

We were married on December 30, 2011, in Washington, Illinois. Two years later, God blessed us with a son on March 21, 2014. His name is Audrik. After graduation and as newly weds, we were hired initially as interns then later became apart of the full-time pastoral staff at Lifeway Baptist Church in May of 2012. I officially served as the Children's Pastor for about five years. In addition, I filled many assistant pastoral roles until the church hired an assistant pastor. During our years of church ministry, we gained invaluable practical ministry experience. In addition to weekly staff book studies which sharpened both our biblical and practical theology, we had the opportunity to implement our training in the local church setting. I organized countless evangelistic events for weekly outreach in our community, created special events for children of all ages at church, visited the sick in homes and hospitals, conducted congregational worship weekly, preached God's Word every Sunday, and led the children's church program for 3rd through 6th grade boys and girls.

My wife joyfully served along side of me as we ministered together in the local church. We gained invaluable practical ministry experience and the Lord developed a shepherd's heart within us for loving, serving, and leading people towards Christian maturity by grace through faith in Christ alone.

Letters of Recommendation

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Steve Von Bokern

Senior Pastor of Lifeway Baptist Church, Sending Church

I am writing to ask you to consider listening to the Murrays share their burden for the mission field with you either over the phone, email, over lunch, or by having them present the ministry in your church.

The Murrays have been a part of our ministry for several years and have served well for the past five years leading our community outreach programs, children’s ministries and assisting our music and worship ministry. Ben has also distinctly served the congregation in many pastoral ways and has been a blessing to many of our members.

The Murrays have a love for people. They are diligent concerning the Word and have displayed a commitment to His call to the foreign mission field. It is clear that both Ben and Natasha have a mutual desire to reach the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was our privilege to send and fully support the Murrays to Taiwan for six months during the year of 2016. We have and will continue to support them ourselves with pastoral care, prayer, and as their sending church. Feel free to contact me.


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Jake Taube

Founder of Project China

Many aspiring missionaries’ character and commitment do not survive the first contact with the mission field. But I am happy to report that Ben and Natasha showed very plainly in their time here in Taiwan that they can stand firm in the faith on either side of the world!

While the Murray’s were here, they did a fantastic job studying the Chinese language, adapting to the local culture, and proclaiming the gospel to unbelievers. Ben worked very hard to deepen his understanding of church-planting and disciple-making here in Taiwan. I commend them to your church as worthy of your partnership in the global mission! I trust they will be a profound blessing to you both in their presentation of their ministry and in their future years of faithful service to our Lord.