Katie Murray named minister to senior adults

by | Jul 21, 2023 | Feature

Katie Murray named minister to senior adults.

Katie Murray, a Wilshire member and former staff member, has been named Minister to Senior Adults.

Katie served Wilshire from 2014 to 2017 as Christian advocacy specialist and was a social work intern here in 2011. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Truett Seminary and a master’s degree from the Diana Garland School of Social Work, both at Baylor University. Katie was ordained to the ministry by First Baptist Church of Austin.

Katie said, “After five years of staying home while raising our young kids, I began to feel the nudge to go back into vocational ministry earlier this year. I am humbled and filled with gratitude that following that nudge led me back to serving on staff at Wilshire. I’m looking forward to being your minister to senior adults and carrying on the legacy that Jessica Capps left and Larry Link has shepherded in this interim period. Most of all, I treasure the opportunity to work so closely with our senior adult members. I cherish the relationships I have already established with many of you over the years and look forward to getting to know better those of you I have not yet had the chance to meet.”

A small hiring group reviewed resumés and conducted interviews for the part-time, 25-hours-per-week position. The group included two Personnel Committee members, Pat Cullum and Rob Banta, along with Associate Pastors Heather Mustain and Darren DeMent.

Pat said, “As the interim coordinator of home visitation, I am personally excited to begin working with Katie. She brings a heart and passion not only for our homebound members but also to the entire ministry of all senior adults.”

Katie is married to Steven, and they are parents to Drew, 7, Annie, 5, and James, 2. Katie and Steven are members of Labyrinth Class. Katie grew up in Austin and majored in music education as a Baylor undergrad. In addition to her experience at Wilshire, she has been a hospital chaplain resident and worked for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

Katie will begin at Wilshire after Labor Day. In the meantime, Interim Minister to Senior Adults Larry Link will remain on the job.