Reverend Louis M. Murphy, Sr.
Rev. Louis M. Murphy, Sr., has dedicated his pastoral career to kingdom building, inside and outside the walls of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, where he was installed as the Senior Pastor in May 1999. Murphy entered the ministry with a life-long track record in secular leadership. Serving as a Drum Major for the world renowned Florida A&M Marching 100, a Student Government representative, a non-commissioned Marine Corps officer and four years as District Executive for the West Central Florida Council of Boy Scouts of America: prepared Rev. Murphy for his calling, to lead Mt. Zion Progressive.
Under his guidance, and with the support of his leadership team, Mt. Zion Progressive has grown to become the largest African-American congregation in the city of St. Petersburg, FL. The congregation has been challenged to go outside the church walls to bring about effective change within a 2-mile radius of the church. In 2005 it was the goal of Murphy’s to pay-off the $2.1 million mortgage on the church, and seconds before the church rang in the new year of 2006, that goal had become a reality. The church has achieved many goals since that faithful night, including the opening of the Mt. Zion Christian Academy in August 2012.
In May of 2007, God delivered a vision through Rev. Murphy that the time had come to call all of the city’s faith community together to fight for the souls of south St. Petersburg. From this prophecy the Seven x 7 revivals were born where seven teams consisting of 7 churches, host revivals for 7 consecutive nights, at 7 locations throughout south St. Petersburg. The manifest was to unite and reawaken 49 congregations to act as ONE to execute the Great Commission on the south side of the city. Today he remains the driving force behind the movement, and is one of 15 Pastors that comprise the core steering committee.
A native of Deland, Florida, Rev. Murphy continued his studies at Florida A&M University and the University of Central Florida. He earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Chaminade University, while serving in the United States Marine Corps while stationed in Hawaii. It is there he met his wife, the late Filomena Murphy. Together they have two children, Chiriga and Louis, Jr.; a grandson, Jair and a granddaughter Filomena.