Pastor James E. Murray was born in Waukegan, Illinois. His family relocated to Hartsville, South Carolina in 1968. He was saved at the age of 13 at the Bill Rice Ranch in Murfreesboro, Tennessee under the preaching of Dr. Ron Comfort. Bro. Murray was call to preach at the age of 14. He is a graduate of Hyles Anderson College. He has been on staff at Forest Hills Baptist Church for 25 years. He is married to Pam Smith Murray and has two sons and two grandchildren.