Pastor Eric Murray was reared in Lake City, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Not a life-long Lutheran, he found himself embraced by a Lutheran congregation after being invited to worship by his childhood friend and neighbor.
A graduate of Georgia State University, Pastor Eric moved to Knoxville where he worked as a physical therapist at Fort Sanders Hospital prior to entering seminary. Upon graduation in 1995 from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC, Pastor Eric received a call to serve Mt. Zion – St. Luke Lutheran in Oglethorpe, GA. In 1999, he was called to a staff ministry at Christ the King Lutheran in Norcross, GA. Pastor Eric has been serving as Messiah’s Pastor since July 2004. In addition to his responsibilities as head of staff, Pastor Eric oversees the Worship and Disciple ministries of Messiah.
When not at Messiah, Pastor Eric enjoys UltimateFit classes at the YMCA, running, entertaining friends, a good novel, and watching movies either at the theater or streaming at home.