Apostle Lobias Murray
Apostle Murray (1927-2011) is the Founder of Full Gospel Holy Temple, Inc., 39727 LBJ Freeway (I-20 @ Hampton Rd.), and the now defunct Lobias Murray Christian Academy, a 12-grade fully accredited school, located at 330 Ann Arbor in Dallas, TX.
As a pastor in the City of Dallas for 50 years, he consistently dedicated himself as a Servant of God to the religious, educational, and humanitarian welfare of the Dallas community, and to all mankind.
As a Man of God, he preached an authentic, transforming, and deliverance gospel. Like a balm in Gilead, his message was the antidote for broken lives and wounded spirits. Endowed with a ministry that is evidenced by signs, miracles and wonders, souls are saved, delivered and set free by the power of God in each service. His ministry transcended ethnic barriers and reached people from all walks of life. The hallmark of his ministry was the laying on of hands for the receiving of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
In the religious community, Rev. Murray founded Full Gospel Holy Temple Church in 1961. Under his astute leadership the church expanded to a membership of over 2,500 locally, and an incorporated body of fellowship churches, numerous outreach ministries, a bi-monthly church magazine, numerous radio broadcast, and the L&S Christian Camp.
In the educational community, Apostle Murray founded the Lobias Murray Christian Academy (LMCA) in 1979. LMCA, now defunct, was a 12-grade private school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Texas Education Agency. For 31 years, it held the distinction as the first accredited, K-12th grade African-American owned school in the city of Dallas and state of Texas. Apostle Murray, along with his wife Dr. Shirley Murray, also opened the Shirley Murray Child Development Center. For 33 years, the daycare was a licensed and state accredited facility for ages 18 months through kindergarten.
As a humanitarian, Apostle Murray and First Lady Dr. Shirley Murray started the Helping Hand Outreach Ministry, in December 1981. The organization gives food, clothes and toys to needy, indigent, and homeless families during the Christmas season and throughout the year. During the 1998 Christmas season, the Helping Hand aided over 2500 families in the Dallas – Ft. Worth metropolis with toys, clothes and food. Apostle Murray was the recipient of numerous awards, plaques and plaudits from community and social organization for his humanitarian and spiritual contributions. During the 1985 Summer Commencement of, now defunct, Bishop College, Dr. Wright Lassiter, former college president, conferred the coveted Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree upon Apostle Murray, esteeming him as a ‘renaissance man’ and as a ‘principal architect in the religious and education communities in Dallas.’ His legacy lives on through his wife, children, his congregation and his grandson, Bishop Herman Lobias Murray, Jr., who now serves as the Presiding Bishop and General Overseer of FGHT Churches, Inc.
Evangelist Shirley Murray
Dr. Murray’s role as Founding First Lady of the F.G.H.T., Inc is befitting of the radiance, wisdom and gracefulness that she brings to the leading role. She is a woman of impeccable integrity and indomitable patience. She is one of God’s anointed messengers with a message of inspiration, hope and deliverance. Her message taps deep into the inner sanctum of the soul. Endowed with a ministry of compassion, her calling extends beyond the podium and the pulpit. She is noted in Dallas, and throughout the state for her sensitivity to homeless and underprivileged persons, through her reputed Helping Hand Outreach Ministry. Founded in 1981, this humanitarian outreach gives food and clothes to needy families throughout the year. Dr. Murray’s philanthropic efforts are frequently applauded by state, civic, and social organizations with plaques and special recognition awards. Most notable among her outstanding recognitions is being awarded the Outstanding Black Texas Award by Texas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.
Additionally, she is founder and president of the Shirley Murray Child Development Center. Under her auspices, the institution’s curriculum is designed to develop the whole child: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Of paramount concern to her is maintaining the CARE in day care. The state licensed and accredited facility ranks among Dallas’ top preschools. Dr. Murray also serves as co-founder of the Lobias Murray Christian Academy, the first K-12th grade, fully accredited, African-American owned private school in Texas.
Dr. Murray is the wife of the last Apostle Lobias Murray, and mother of three children, the late Rev. Herman Lobias Murray, Sharon Smith, Gwendolyn Pinson and Brenda Rice.