Patrick and Joyce Murphy

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

Early in the 1960s a Missions Door missionary, along with other evangelicals, began a work in the French-speaking province of Quebec. In response to the need for church leaders as many came to faith in Christ, Le Seminaire Baptiste Evangelique du Quebec (The Evangelical Baptist Seminary of Quebec) was formed in 1974. The seminary seeks to assist Baptist churches to fulfill the task of preparing devoted servants of Jesus Christ through a program of church-based instruction. Students can earn a Bible college or graduate degree while actively involved in the ministry of their local church. Patrick serves with Le Seminaire Baptiste Evangelique du Quebec in leadership training. The development of godly church leaders is critical in Quebec, where only a small percentage of the French population claim to be evangelical Christians. Patrick's role includes planning seminary programs and directing students in various aspects of their preparation for ministry. Patrick was appointed by Missions Door in 1986.

Faith Story

Patrick and Joyce both grew up in Christian homes where they were wonderfully influenced toward faith in Christ. Patrick's walk of faith began with an early decision in first grade at Whittier Christian School. He reaffirmed his faith in Jesus Christ during his junior year of college.

Family

The Murphys were married in 1976 and have five children.

Education

B.A. in political science from California State University, Long Beach M.Div. from Denver Seminary Th.M. from Talbot Seminary Ph.D. from Universite de Montreal

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Learn more about where this ministry happens

As prosperity welcomes diversity, nationals and immigrants create a multicultural mosaic

Despite a reputation for arctic snow and ice, Canada also encompasses the beauty of the Great Lakes and Niagara Falls, as well as boreal forests, mountain ranges and the world’s longest coastline. Northern Lights often set the winter skies aglow.

Canadian society fosters respect for different nationalities that create a colorful mosaic of distinct multicultural traditions.

An increasing number of immigrants now call Canada home, in addition to descendants of Aboriginals and European settlers. Cities like Vancouver and Toronto are at the heart of this quickly changing demographic, as people from all over the world seek the opportunities of a prosperous and progressive country.

Canada faces its share of modern societal problems, especially tensions between different ethnic and language groups, and pockets of poverty and unemployment. During the last 20 years, religious participation among Canadians has declined as younger generations report attending services less frequently than do older generations.

Your participation with Missions Door enables pastoral training, leadership training, church planting and social outreach to strengthen the influence of Christianity in Canada.

Cultural Snapshot

As a variation of stick and ball games, ice hockey developed significantly due to its popularity in Canada, where the first indoor hockey game was played in 1875 in Montreal.

Faith Fact

One in five native-born Canadians report attending services at least monthly. Immigrants are twice as likely to attend.

Country Profile

Population: 35 million

Major Religions: 39% Catholic, 27% Protestant, 24% unaffiliated, 11% other

Languages: 57% English (official), 21% French (official), 16% bilingual

Literacy: 99%

Poverty: 12%

 

 

Ministry service area:
International

Ministry location:
, Canada