Rev. Dr. Stephen Murray
Address: The First Baptist Church of Boston, 110 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
I grew up in Newark, Delaware before attending prep school outside of Philadelphia, and then headed on to Bucknell University for my undergraduate degree. While I began as a double major in chemistry and psychology, I ended as a double major in philosophy and religion. Obviously, there were some important changes that went on in my life, entering college as pre-med and ending with seminary. During my years at Bucknell, I was a parliamentary debater who competed at the national and international levels, and was deeply involved in advocacy concerning sexual violence on college campuses. And, oh yes, there was that interlude when I ran off to London to study theater and anthropology.
After Bucknell, I headed to Yale Divinity School to pursue my M.Div., where I fell in love with the work of higher education chaplaincy, working both with the Yale University Chaplain's Office and with the Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice. From Yale, I moved to Harvard Square, where I walked every day to my first ministerial job: as University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry at Suffolk University. After a year, I moved to New York City to pursue my Ph.D. in systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary, a seminary long affiliated with Columbia University. I followed up by serving as the chaplain/director of religious life and on the faculty at Skidmore College and Endicott College. While I was at Endicott, I picked up an M.B.A., because that is what tuition benefits are for.
Currently, I serve jointly as Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Boston and as the American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University. I am a strong believer in the importance of inter-religious dialogue, and currently work with the Jerusalem-based Elijah Interfaith Institute and am the former Managing Editor of The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. Among other activities, I currently serve as the Moderator of the Samuel Stillman Association (the association of American Baptist churches which covers part of Boston and many of its surrounding communities, including Cambridge), on the National Board of the Emerging Theologians Task Force of the American Baptist Churches - USA, on the Board of Advisors of Religious Freedom USA, and on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Bible Society. As a scholar, I have published books and articles in the field of historical theology, Christian ethics, interfaith relations, and the interplay of religion and the arts. I stay busy.
I so look forward to meeting you, and encourage you to be in contact, both for us to meet and to find out more about American Baptist life at Harvard and among its nearby churches. Please do be in touch!