Pastor Eleanor Murray
Eleanor is a native of San Antonio, Texas, but presently lives in Amarillo, Texas. She accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at the young age of five years old. At this age, she began to lead and harmonize Christian songs under the guidance of her mother, Vernie Mae Daniels Biser, who was a music instructor and Gospel artist. Eleanor is married to Richard Murray, the bishop of New Light Ministries. She is the mother of two lovely, talented daughters, Teresa and Kimberly.
Eleanor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Prairie View A&M University and a Doctorate degree from Christian Bible Institute & Seminary. She acquired an ad. Graduating with honors (Cum Laude), she received her Master's Degree in Theological Biblical Studies, from the Logos Christian College. Pastor Eleanor received her Doctorate degree in September 2015 from Christian Bible Institute and Seminary. Since she has retired from public school teaching she has dedicated her services to New Light Ministries full time as the pastor.
Pastor Eleanor received her Missionary and Evangelist License in 1990 and was ordained to pastor in 2006. She also serves as a songwriter, praise and worship leader, musician, choir and music ministry coordinator and education coordinator in the New Light Ministries.
Bishop Richard N. Murray
Richard is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He moved to Houston, Texas in 1969, where he was called to the ministry in 1971 and ordained in 1975. He worked at Shell Oil Company and attended San Jacinto College.
In December 1980, he was married to his lovely wife Eleanor. Through this union, the Lord gave Pastor Richard and Eleanor two beautiful daughters, Teresa and Kimberly.
While in Houston, he worked in the New Pleasant Green Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Charles O'Briant. He heard the voice of God instructing him to come to Amarillo to bring people out of spiritual bondage. Thus, in March of 1986, they organized New Light Baptist Church, later changing to New Light Ministries. His ultimate goal is to bring a 'Spiritual Awakening Through the Truth' to this community, which is now our 'motto.' God wants us to bring the church into a position of excellence, teaching a foundation of Biblical truths to His people, exposing them to the unbridled 'Word of God' thereby equipping them to do the work of the Kingdom.
In August of 1995, he received a Bachelor of Biblical Studies Degree from Logos Christian College and continued to study there, and in March of 2003 received a Master's of Theological Studies Degree, graduating with honors.