The Aletheia Speaker Series continues Thursday, Feb. 29th with Rev. Dr. Abraham Murray of the historic Brick Baptist Church on St. Helena Island. This is a morning lecture from 11 am-12 pm. The title of Rev. Murray’s lecture is “The Brick Baptist Church: From Humble Beginnings to the Reconstruction Era National Park.”
Brick Baptist Church’s heritage is woven into the rich tapestry of African American culture and history of the South Carolina Sea Islands. Built by slaves in 1855, Brick Baptist Church is the oldest church on St. Helena Island. The legacy of Brick Baptist Church is closely connected to the historic Penn School, established as one of the first schools for freed slaves by the Pennsylvania Freedman’s Aid Association. Rev. Murray will speak about the journey from the church’s humble beginning to where it is now.
Rev. Murray is a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and retired early from the Charleston Naval Shipyard due to base closure. He is a graduate of Trident Technical College, Baptist College of Charleston, Cummins Memorial Theological Seminary, Webster University, and Erskine Theological Seminary. His Doctoral Dissertation is titled “A Biblical and Theological Approach for Evangelism Through the Fostering of Relationships”. Rev. Murray is licensed in the state of South Carolina as a Professional Counselor and is also a Certified Grief Facilitator.
Currently, Rev. Murray serves as Pastor of the Historic Brick Baptist Church, St. Helena Island, South Carolina. He is President of the Beaufort County Ministerial Alliance, Professor of Practical Theology at Cummins Memorial Theological Seminary, and a life member of the NAACP.
Rev. Murray and his wife Vernell, a retired Registered Nurse, have been married for 46 years and have one daughter Erica, and two grandsons, Kai’shon Abraham and KaDeem Armard. He is a family man who treasures the time spent in the company of his wife, daughter, and grandchildren.
The lecture will be hosted in the Great Hall at HTCCS 302 Burroughs Avenue from 11am-12pm. The cost is $10 per person. To register, please click HERE. Note, this event is free for our Holy Trinity students and faculty.