SERVANTS AT MURRAY PARK
CHURCH OF CHRIST
Michael Wiist, of Evansville, IN, is the youngest of three sons, all three of whom have been, or currently are, full-time ministers. He spent his teen years actively involved in the Newburgh Church of Christ church plant and youth group, in Newburgh, IN. After High School he joined the Adventures In Missions program in Lubbock, TX.
Completing his 8 months of mission training, Mike spent 15 months working alongside missionary, Tony Coffey, in Dublin, Ireland. Mike returned to Lubbock to attend the Sunset International Bible Institute from 1998-2000, while also working as an Assistant for the AIM program. It was during this time that he met his wife, Timbra (AIM '99 and Suva, Fiji).
In 2001 Mike spent a summer as the youth intern for the Placerville Church of Christ (Placerville, CA), where he was later offered a full-time youth ministry position. In 2002, Mike and Timbra married. The couple moved back to Fiji to pursue full-time foreign ministry in April 2006, welcomed their first daughter 5 weeks later, and in an unforeseen turn of events, returned to the US in December of that same year, where they began attending at the Murray Park Church of Christ in Murray, UT (a sponsoring church while in Fiji). Mike began part time youth ministry work with the Murray Church in late 2007, became a coordinator for AIM teams in Spring 2009, welcomed his second daughter that summer, and came on as the full-time family-life and pulpit minister in January 2010, where he has continued to present.
During his time in Murray, UT Mike has been coordinator to 6 separate AIM teams, is the day manager for the Murray Park Food Bank Food Pantry (on-site) and has recently begun a podcast with volunteer minister, Jacob Norwood.
God has worked through Raymond Jew as an Elder at Murray Park Church of Christ since 2012. Raymond grew up in Torrance, CA where he was raised without religion. Raymond came to know God through his involvement with a campus ministry at UCSB and after studying the bible with the campus minister, he gave his life to Christ. Raymond and Susan, his wife of 36 years, moved to Salt Lake City for graduate school in 1981. Work kept them in the Salt Lake valley and they established their home in Murray, UT where they still reside. Raymond and Susan have 4 children, and 3 grandchildren.
Raymond’s involvement with growing churches in Utah began as soon as he arrived. He and Susan were early members of the Southside Church of Christ congregation, a small group of 20-somethings who were trying to grow a church. As God worked in the valley, the congregation’s numbers grew. Raymond and Susan felt God’s calling for them to assist in planting another church from that congregation, and in 2004, Murray Park Church of Christ was established.
Raymond believes that his role as an Elder of the church is to help “shepherd” the flock; to give spiritual guidance and support, not to act as an executive handing out directives to the church. He believes that women are an important asset to the body of Christ and believes that God places equal value in their abilities to serve in the church. Raymond believes that Jesus led a model life and that the example of love that Jesus gave us is the way we should live our lives. Raymond’s goal as an Elder at Murray Park Church of Christ is to help guide the church’s heart to look more like Jesus every day so that the community we serve can see God’s love in this world.
Stephen Ennis-elder, counselor
Stephen Ennis joined David Hurley and Raymond Jew as an Elder for Murray Park Church of Christ in 2016. He was selected to help shepherd the congregation on its mission to continue the ministry of Jesus. An ever-faithful servant of God, Stephen has spent over 47 years preaching and counseling at various congregations throughout the country. God has used Stephen in Springville, CA, Lapeer, MI, and now in Murray, UT. In addition to shepherding, Stephen currently serves Murray Park Church of Christ as a Minister of Counseling and donates his time and sessions to provide complimentary counseling services to the broader Salt Lake City community. Stephen and Joy, his wife of 29 years, have lived in the Salt Lake valley since 2010 and have been with Murray Park Church of Christ since their arrival.
Jerri hurley-children's education coordinator
Jacob norwood-the murray parkcast
Jacob Norwood was raised in Arlington, Texas. He spend the first eighteen years of his life there before joining the Adventures in Missions program in Lubbock, Texas to become an apprentice missionary in 2009. This program is what lead him to the Murray Park church, when he was assigned to work under minister Mike Wiist in the Salt Lake City area. He spent fifteen months in SLC, serving Murray Park’s youth and young adults ministries, as well as working in education and volunteer positions in the community.
In 2011, Jacob left Utah to attend Harding University. In 2015, he graduated with a degree in Electronic Media Production, with a double major in Leadership & Ministry. While at Harding, Jacob served in various ministry positions, both on campus, and as a youth intern with his home congregation in Texas for three summers. During his time at school, he decided that after graduating he would return to Salt Lake City, and involve himself in the ministries of the Murray Park church once again. After living in Texas for a year after college, Jacob moved back to Salt Lake City in late 2016, and has been involved with Murray Park ever since. He currently volunteers with the youth and young adult ministries, and co-hosts the Murray Parkcast podcast with Mike Wiist.