Herman Lobias Murray Jr. is the pastor of the Full Gospel Holy Temple Church Headquarters of Dallas, Texas and the presiding Bishop/Overseer of the Full Gospel Holy Temple Church Incorporated. He carries a powerful mandate of god in this 21st century to boldly win souls for Christ. Millions have been captivated by the intensity and passion of his anointed preaching and the authority he has of the Word of God. Bishop Murray began fulfilling his call into the ministry at the age of 16. From his youth, he became a recognized servant of the Lord and an anointed force whom humbly yielded himself for service. Leading by example, he often placed himself willingly before God as an available vessel and an obedient servant to his leaders.
As a young evangelist serious about the cause of Christ, Bishop Murray founded the Soul Harvest International Evangelistic Association and 2002. This outreach ministry is dedicated to reaching out to lost souls across this nation and showing them the love of Jesus. The next year, he started the FGHT Men’s Retreat, which is a three day retreat for the men of Full Gospel to learn how to become better men, husbands and fathers. Apostle Murray is also the founder and instructor of the Ministry Education Class, which allows eager minds to develope deeper into God’s word and plan for our lives.
Recognizing his advancement of God's agenda, Bishop Murray received an honorary doctorate degree in 2008 and, 2009, he was ordained a bishop by his grandfather, the late Dr. Apostle Lobias Murray, founder of FGHT, Inc. Bishop Murray is dedicated to seeing God’s people prosper spiritually, intellectually and financially as evident in his message of salvation, hope and love. Bishop Murray shares the gospel of Jesus Christ through the Full Gospel Holy Temple Church Broadcast of Deliverance Monday night’s on the Word Network and Sundays on the Promised Land Television Network. He also finds time to travel across the continental U.S. and throughout the international regions, preaching the gospel and counseling to pastors in young ministers in need.
Bishop Murray is a graduate of Lobias Murray Christian Academy, the first fully accredited, African American owned private school in Dallas, Texas. Bishop Murray is a native of Dallas Texas. He is married to Lady Daniele Murray, and they are the proud parents of one son.
Lady Daniele Murray is a quiet storm; a woman of grace and great strength who fears God and loves His people. She is the wife of the Presiding Prelate of the Full Gospel Holy Temple Churches, Inc.—Apostle Herman Murray, Jr.—and serves as the First Lady of the organization.
Lady Daniele, as she is affectionately called, is a strong advocate for education, having received her masters in counseling studies and bachelors in political science. She believes that knowledge is extremely powerful and useful in this modern-society. After teaching for 15 years, Lady Daniele retired to help her husband build God’s kingdom full-time.
More than just a title, Lady Daniele embodies the true spirit of a First Lady. She works with several auxiliaries at the headquarters campus, specifically heading the New Member Orientation Committee. Recently, God has blessed her to start ministering the gospel, featuring such dynamic messages as “God Did This” and “I’m Free.” You can always count on her to speak an encouraging word that directly fits your situation. A Dallas native, Lady Daniele is the mother of one happy and active son, Haydn.
Apostle Murray (1927 to 2011) is the founder of Full Gospel Holy Temple Inc., 39727 LBJ freeway, and the now defunct Lobias Murray Christian Academy, a 12 grade fully accredited school, located at 330 Ann Arbor in Dallas Texas.
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 reach 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 2500 locally, and an incorporated body of fellowship churches, numerous outreach ministries, a bimonthly church magazine, numerous radio broadcasts, and the L&S Christian Camp.
In the educational community, Apostle Murray founded the Lobias Murray Christian Academy 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 a distinction as the first accredited K-12 grade African American owned school in the city of Dallas and state of Texas. Apostle Murray, along with his wife Dr. Shirley Murray, also open the Shirley Murray Child Development Center. For 33 years, the day care 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 Fort Worth metropolis with toys, clothes and food. Apostle Murray was the recipient of numerous awards, plaques and plaudits from community and social organizations 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 new 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.
Dr. Murray’s role as Founding First Lady of the FGHT Inc. is befitting of the radiance, wisdom and gracefulness that she brings to the leading role. She is a woman of the 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 the ministry of compassion, her calling extends beyond the podium and the pulpit. She is noted in Dallas, and throughout the state for her sensitivity the homeless and underprivileged persons, through her reputed Healing Hand Outreach Ministry. Founded in 1981, this humanitarian outreach gives food and clothes to needy families throughout the year. Dr. Murray 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 institutions curriculum is designed to develop the whole child: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Of paramount concern to her is maintaining the CARE in daycare. 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 -12 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.