Meet Our Pastor
Reverend Dr. Kevin R. Murriel
The Reverend Dr. Kevin R. Murriel is a biblical scholar and arguably one of the greatest visionaries and orators of this generation. He is a native Mississippian 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 2014 doctoral cohort–the youngest person and first African American in the program’s history to receive such a designation. An Elder in Full Connection in the North Georgia Conference, Dr. Murriel currently serves as senior pastor of Cliftondale United Methodist Church in College Park, Georgia. He formerly served as associate pastor at Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia where he gave leadership each Sunday to the 11:30 a.m. Intergenerational Worship Experience.
A dynamic 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 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. He is a community leader and faithfully serves on several boards which include, the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA, the Georgia Higher Education Commission, the Atlanta College Park District Committee on Ministry, and the North Georgia Board of Congregational Development. For leading the church with the highest percentage growth from 2015-2016, Dr. Murriel received the 2016 Denman Award for Evangelism in the Atlanta College Park District. Gammon Theological Seminary also named him the 2016 Emerging Prophetic Leader.
Dr. Murriel has served as Chaplain for the Day at the Georgia State Senate and is a featured speaker at churches and events across the country.