New pastor will bring a range of experiences to his role as leader of Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne

The Rev. Timothy C. Murphy, who is pictured her with his wife, Candace, will bring a range of experience to his new role as pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church in downtown Fort Wayne. (Courtesy of Plymouth Congregational Church)

Longtime Senior Pastor the Rev. John P. Gardner gave Plymouth Congregational Church time to search for his successor, and congregation leaders have found a new person they believe will be a great fit.

The Rev. Timothy C. Murphy “brings to Plymouth Church a range of experiences in both church and nonprofit settings, so he has a broad perspective on social issues and strong leadership skills,” the church’s Pastoral Search Task Force reported to the congregation.

The report offered this information on his background and experience:

A Kentucky native, Murphy, 35, earned his master’s degree in divinity in 2007 from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis and his doctorate in religion in 2013 from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, Calif.

He holds clergy standing in both the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

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He most recently served as transitional pastor of All Peoples Christian Church in Los Angeles. Before accepting that position, he had worked for three years as executive director of the nonprofit organization Progressive Christians Uniting, which encourages “progressive Christianity among congregations and social-justice engagement around mass incarceration and climate change.”

From 2007-2010, he served as minister for youth and social justice at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, Calif.

Through the years, other related activities have included serving as co-chair of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) anti-racism committee in his region and serving as a member of the steering committee for California’s Poor People’s Campaign. He also worked to support community groups seeking to end urban oil drilling and helped organize the annual Palm Sunday peace parade in Pasadena, Calf.

Murphy is married, and his wife, Candace, also is a Kentucky native.

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