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Title: Michael Fielding Murray papers
Dates: 1958-1965
Accession Number(s): 2017-002
Extent: 7 linear inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Biographical Note: Michael Fielding Murray, son of Reverend Roland M. Murray and Dorothy Mae Smith, was born in Del Rio, TX on December 22, 1936. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Austin College in 1958. From 1958-1961, he attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity, equivalent to today’s Master of Divinity. Murray served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Mercedes, TX from 1961-1965, and First Presbyterian Church in Kingsville, TX from 1965-1969. Murray has acted as Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Texas for eighteen years, and in his current Parish Associate position at First Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX since 1994. Over the years Murray has served on the Boards of the Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, TX, the Texas Presbyterian Foundation, and the Board of the EQ-HR Center, which offers workshops to equip leaders within faith-based organizations with skills that enhance their leadership abilities by developing emotional intelligence competence and building human relations skills.

In 1973, Murray established his own training firm, Creative Interchange Consultants International. As director, he has conducted numerous workshops, seminars, and retreats for church organizations all over the United States, as well as U.S. Federal Government and State agencies. In addition to working with local churches of different denominations, Murray has led events for Presbyteries, the Synod of the Sun, The UPUSA General Assembly, Faith At Work, The American Bible Society, and Austin Seminary, just to name a few. In 2001, Murray was recognized by the Austin Seminary Alumni Association for his outstanding service to the church.

Scope and Contents: This collection consists of seven inches of class notes and printed material accumulated during Murray’s coursework while pursuing his Bachelor of Divinity at Austin Seminary. Additional material includes worship bulletins and resource material used during Murray’s term as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Mercedes, TX from 1961-1965. The papers are organized into two series and three sub-series. The sub-series were kept in original order and are arranged by school year: junior (first) year, middler (second) year, and senior (third) year. The bulk of the material corresponds to Murray’s time as a student at Austin Seminary.

Processing Information: Processed by Nikole Koehlert, Archives Assistant, March 2017.

Archivist’s Note: : Any course number preceded by an * indicates that the course was a required part of the curriculum for all students attending Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary during this time frame.

Course numbers are preceded by a two letter abbreviation denoting the course department. Below is a code key for the abbreviations:

  • BF Biblical Field (biblical languages, introductory and exegesis courses)
  • CE Christian Education
  • CH Church History
  • HO Homiletics
  • MI Missions
  • PT Pastoral Theology

Restrictions: Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.

Index Terms:
Personal names:
Butler, J. Donald (James Donald), 1908-1994.
Fogleman, William Jethro, 1928-2000.
Gribble, Robert Francis, 1890-1970.
Jansen, John Frederick.
McCord, James I. (James Iley), 1919-1990.
Millard, James Abia Jr.
Murray, Michael Fielding.
Ritschl, Dietrich.
Scott, Earl Constantine.
Stitt, David Leander.
Street, T. Watson (Thomas Watson), 1916-
Williams, J. Rodman (John Rodman).

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
First Presbyterian Church (Mercedes, Tex.)

Presbyterian Church--Education.

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Preferred Citation: Murray (Michael Fielding) papers, 1958-1965, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Box Number:
F032 Student work, class notes and printed material, 1958-1961:
  Junior year (First year), 1958-1959:
     Homiletics: Pulpit Speech and Worship (*HO 210), Professor James A. Millard
     Elements of Hebrew (*BF 301), Professor Robert F. Gribble
     Christian Education (*CE 210), Professor J. Donald Butler
     The Synoptic Gospels (BF 301), Professor John F. Jansen
     New Testament Greek (BF 619), professor unknown
     Theology: The Philosophy of Religion (*TH 310), Professor James I. McCord
  Middler year (Second year), 1959-1960:
     New Testament Theology, (TH 325), Professor John F. Jansen
     History of Dogma (*CH 320), Professor Dietrich Ritschl
     Church History: The Reformation and the Modern Church (*CH 320), professor unknown
     Second Year New Testament Greek (BF 628), professor unknown
     The Gospel According to Matthew (BF 335), Professor Earl C. Scott
     The Presbyterian Church on the American Scene (*CH 321), Professor Thomas W. Street
     Theology: The Structure of Christian Theology Part I. (*TH 321), Professor John R. Williams
     Christian Education (*CE 211), Professor J. Donald Butler
     World Christian Community and World Issues (CH 257), Professor Thomas W. Street
  Senior year (Third year), 1960-1961:
     Christian Education: The Christian Nurture of Youth (CE 224), Professor J. Donald Butler
     The Structure of Christian Theology, Part II (TH 340), Professor John R. Williams
     Christian Ethics (TH 348), Professor Dietrich Ritschl
     Missions: The World Mission of the Church (*MI 255), Professor Thomas W. Street
     Pastoral Theology: Polity and Program of the Particular Church (PT 246), Professor William J. Fogleman
     Homiletics: Advanced Homiletics and the Pastoral Office (*HO 345), Professor David L. Stitt
     Survey in Modern Theological Thought (*TH 341), Professor John R. Williams
     Christian Education: The Church and Higher Education (CE 354), Professor J. Donald Butler
F074a    History of Medieval Theology (CH 353), Professor Dietrich Ritschl
     Eschatology of the New Testament (BF 249), Professor Earl C. Scott
F074a Ministerial work, First Presbyterian Church, Mercedes, TX, 1963-1965:
  Worship bulletins, January 20, 1963-February 7, 1965
  Printed materials:
     The Worship Work of the Congregation resource guide, 1963

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