Rev. Thomas Lewis Murray
Rev. Thomas Lewis Murray is the founding and Senior Pastor of Anointed Temple of Praise Outreach Ministries (ATOP) in Memphis, Tennessee.
On January 2, 2000, the first formal worship service of Anointed Temple of Praise was held at the Marriott Hotel. This was a high time of praise as the church celebrated a “New Ministry for a New Millennium.” Since that time, Anointed Temple of Praise has grown by leaps and bounds. In March 2002, the church was able to purchase the former Evangel Church at 3939 Riverdale. Since moving into our new church home there has been continuous development in ministries and outreach programs including Radio Broadcast Ministry, Community Services and Health Fairs and much, much more.
In August 2003, we were blessed with another accelerated anointing with the purchase of 8 acres at 3915 Riverdale Road. Future Expansion include: Community Worship Complex, Life-Long Learning and Retreat Complex, Senior Day Complex. The ministry continues to thrive under the dynamic leadership of Pastor Thomas L. Murray.
A native of Jefferson County, Alabama, he is the youngest son of five children born to Reverend Earl Murray, Sr. (deceased) and Roberta Murray. He attended Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama and pursed his studies at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. Accepting his call into the ministry, Pastor Murray studied at Texas Christian University (Brite Divinity School) and later at Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee where he received his Master of Divinity Degree. He successfully completed his Doctorate of Ministry Degree at Memphis Theological Seminary.
Lady Kim Murray
Lady Kim is the co-founder of the Anointed Temple of Praise Outreach Ministries, Inc. (ATOP) Memphis, TN. A native of Chicago, IL she is the middle child of three children born to Leon Jones and Mary Jane Jones.
A product of the Chicago Catholic Schools, her unique spirit and lively personality was nurtured and encouraged by the nuns, who took a special interest in her and gave her a variety of opportunities to excel. Her gift of song and oral articulation made her the obvious choice to represent the school at numerous social functions throughout the city.
A major influence throughout her adolescent years was her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Lee Jones. They were also instrumental in the development of her fundamental beliefs and Christian indoctrination, by advancing and providing numerous opportunities for her to display a wealth of talents, that included praying, ushering, preparing communion, singing in the choir and extending the welcome/occasion at many afternoon and evening programs. These spiritual encounters provided the essence of her Christian experience.
Upon her high school graduation, she attended Bradley University, where she met and married the love of her life, Pastor Thomas L. Murray. When Pastor Murray accepted his call into the ministry, she realized that her role, as the “First Lady” was a true testimony to the level of dedication and conviction of her faith, her venerable way of life and commitment to her husband. She assumed the role, as the “First Lady”, proudly advancing numerous causes, providing vital support to their ministry and actively collaborating with the congregation and the community.