Murray Snow

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For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Grace and peace to you and your household in the name of Jesus Christ! We give thanks to God for previous pastors who with this congregation of believers have built a church family filled with faith, hope and love on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ being the cornerstone. Susan and I are so excited to share our journey in Christ together in ministry with the people of Trinity and the surrounding area of Fountain Inn. Our prayer is that you will choose to begin or continue your journey in Jesus Christ with us in this place.

Now, for part of our story. Susan and I met through her music, fell in love and married in 2005. We share our home with one other family member. Hank is a white Siberian Husky and a rescue who brings us much joy. Susan and I love to camp in our RV and enjoy spending time outdoors, especially visiting the Appalachian Mountains. I also love to fish, especially from my kayak or by fly fishing mountain streams. Susan is a program director for a nonprofit, Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music, and a guitar instructor for the nonprofit. She has written many songs and has published two CDs with her former group, Oolenoy Valley. Susan teaches approximately 70 students (children and adults) in private and group classes to play traditional Appalachian music on the guitar. She is the Program Director for three of the nonprofit’s Evening Music Programs: The Church of the Redeemer – Episcopal in Greenville, First Baptist in Easley, and Clemson United Methodist Church. She also teaches guitar for CHEE (Christian Home Educators of Easley) at Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Powdersville. I have an adult daughter, Amanda Snow, who lives in Weaverville, NC. Amanda is a Budget Specialist for the Buncombe County School System.

I am a native of Spartanburg County, graduated from James F. Byrnes High School, received a diploma in Tool and Die and an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Technology from Spartanburg Technical College, a BA Degree from USC-Upstate, and a Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary. I’m a lifelong Methodist and I received my call to ministry late in life. My previous career spanned 39 years and evolved from a Tool and Die Maker in a small company to a Tool & Mfg Engineer in the Automotive Division of Tyco Electronics. I was Bi-vocational during the last eight of those years as a pastor and engineer while I completed my seminary studies, having received my first appointment in 2002.

Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of my life. My personal experience of God is and continues to be one of love, grace, and mercy. God’s prevenient grace established me within a family of Christian heritage. God used different ministries of the church to form and nurture my emerging understanding of God and my relationship to him and to others. As a teenager and young adult, God’s call on my life came in the Lay Witness Mission ministry as a team member witnessing for Christ in churches and communities along the East Coast. Later as a young adult and with subsequent marriage, I drifted away from that calling and the Church. God used the baptism of my daughter Amanda as a means of grace to re-ignite the flame of the Holy Spirit within me.

My theology is Wesleyan, focusing on the grace and love of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God’s love for us is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ and experienced through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit during worship and in our daily lives. My theology emphasizes salvation through what God has done for us through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and what he does in us through the work of the Holy Spirit. Christianity is social and Christians are called to be God’s witness in the world by word and deed as the Body of Christ. Scripture is primary in our understanding of God’s will for our lives and must be contextualized into life through tradition, reason, and experience. We also emphasize the Sacraments by living into our Baptismal Covenant and celebrating the Lord’s Supper during our services of Word and Table along with other means of grace that nurture us on our Christian journey.

Susan and I truly believe that God has his hand on us and on you. We believe the best days for Trinity are ahead of us. We believe with all our hearts these words that Paul writes in Ephesians 3:20 “God, is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.”

Blessings in Christ,

Murray & Susan