Dr. Kevin Murriel’s Biography
The Reverend Doctor Kevin R. Murriel is a native of Brandon, Mississippi and a 2008 graduate of Jackson State University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration also being named as the 2008 “Student of the Year” for the College of Business. Dr. Murriel received his Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Duke University–also being named by the Dean and doctoral committee as the Degree Marshal of the inaugural doctoral cohort–the youngest person and first African American in the program’s history to receive such a designation. Dr. Murriel formerly served as senior pastor of Antioch United Methodist Church and assistant pastor at Atlanta First United Methodist Church–both in the Atlanta College Park District of the North Georgia Annual Conference. Dr. Murriel is currently an associate pastor at Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia where he serves as Pastor of Cascade’s Young People’s Division and gives leadership each Sunday to the 11:30am Intergenerational Worship Experience.
A prophetic preacher, avid reader, and social activist, Dr. Murriel’s research focuses on translating the methods of the Civil Rights Movement into a modern day strategy for social justice and racial reconciliation. His doctoral dissertation titled, Unveiling Racism: Racial Reconciliation and a Heterogeneous Model for American Christian Life, takes strategies deployed during the Mississippi Church Visit Campaign of 1964 to desegregate white churches and offers the Church universal in the 21st century a formula for racial reconciliation, hope, and progress.
Dr. Murriel is the author of two books and is the founder and owner of Redd House Publishers, LLC, a publishing company committed to producing and distributing Christian books that make a difference in academic, social, and ecclesial arenas. Dr. Murriel’s newest book, “Breaking the Color Barrier: A Vision for Church Growth through Racial Reconciliation” was named to the 2015 Hot New Releases List on Amazon and addresses the growing need for churches to model reconciliation in a racially divided society.
Since accepting his call to ministry at age 18, Dr. Murriel has shown a significant record of helping people live with confidence by encouraging them to develop and maintain a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. A few of his other endeavors include being President of Students In Free Enterprise at Jackson State, leader of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Jackson State, organizing Empowered Youth of America at Trinity UMC, coordinating the 1st Annual Youth Explosion in Brandon, MS, mentor for the Youth Theological Initiative at Emory University, Candler Coordinating Council 2nd Year Representative, North Georgia Conference Witness Team, North Georgia Young Clergy Task Force on Social Media, Atlanta College Park District Youth Coordinator, and a participant in the 2014 New Church Leadership Academy. Dr. Murriel has also served as Chaplain for the Day at the Georgia State Senate.
Dr. Murriel is married to the love of his life, Dr. Ashleigh Murriel, a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and fervently uses technology as a means to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Dr. Murriel is the creator of the Path 180 app–a mobile ministry app that includes sermons on demand, inspirational podcasts, writings on issues of social justice and much more. Path 180 is available free on the iTunes Store and the Android Market.
All in all, Dr. Kevin R. Murriel is a young man who loves the Lord and loves to help others. His motto in life is “Live God, Love God, Follow God; and in all things, stay the course!