During the 1985 Summer Commencement of, now defunct, Bishop College, Dr. Wright Lassiter, former college president, conferred the coveted Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree upon Apostle Murray, esteeming him as a 'renaissance man' and as a 'principal architect in the religious and education communities in Dallas.' His legacy lives on through his wife, children, his congregation and his grandson, Bishop Herman Lobias Murray, Jr., who now serves as the Presiding Bishop and General Overseer of FGHT Churches, Inc.
role as Founding First Lady of the F.G.H.T., Inc
is befitting of the radiance, wisdom and gracefulness that she
brings to the leading role.
is a woman of impeccable integrity and indomitable patience.
is one of God's anointed messengers with a message of inspiration, hope and deliverance.
message taps deep into the inner sanctum of the soul.
Endowed with a ministry of compassion, her
calling extends beyond the podium and the pulpit.
is noted in Dallas, and throughout the state for her
sensitivity to homeless and underprivileged persons, through her
reputed Helping Hand Outreach Ministry.
Founded in 1981, this humanitarian outreach gives food and clothes to needy families throughout the year.
philanthropic efforts are frequently applauded by state, civic, and social organizations with plaques and special recognition awards.
Most notable among her
outstanding recognitions is being awarded the Outstanding Black Texas Award by Texas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.
Additionally, she is founder and president of the Shirley Murray Child Development Center.
auspices, the institution's curriculum is designed to develop the whole child: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Of paramount concern to her
is maintaining the CARE in day care.
The state licensed and accredited facility ranks among Dallas' top preschools.
Dr. Murray also serves as co-founder of the Lobias Murray Christian Academy, the first K-12th grade, fully accredited, African-American owned private school in Texas.
is the wife of the last Apostle Lobias Murray, and mother of three children, the late Rev. Herman Lobias Murray
, Sharon Smith, Gwendolyn Pinson and Brenda Rice.