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The Bible shows us that Jesus Christ alone is the head of the church. He exercises His rule by his Word and Spirit. Christ has appointed leaders to represent His rule in the church through a plurality of elders and deacons. Elders oversee the teaching and spiritual life of the church, while deacons serve the church by showing mercy and charity to those in need. We believe churches should be members of churches. We are accountable to a group of churches known as the United Reformed Churches of North America

  • REV. PAUL T. MURPHY

    Pastor, Messiah's Reformed Fellowship

    Rev. Paul T. Murphy Pastor, Messiah's Reformed Fellowship A native New Yorker, Paul was raised in an Irish-Catholic neighborhood in the Bronx. At the age of 29 he was confronted with the claims of Jesus Christ. Thinking them foolishness, he sought to refute Christianity with the teaching of secular philosophy. The Lord broke down the barriers of his heart and captivated his life. Like the apostle Paul, this Paul can say “to live is Christ.” Prior to spearheading the founding of Messiah’s Reformed Fellowship in 2003, Rev. Murphy pastored Dutton United Reformed Church in Dutton, Michigan, for 13 years. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and family.

  • REV. SAM PEREZ

    Church Planting Pastor, Grace Reformed Church of Jersey City

    Sam is a native of Spanish Harlem, and was raised by Catholic immigrant parents who came to the Christian faith when Sam was a young boy. Sam came to own the Christian faith for himself in his late high school years. Sam worked as a school teacher in the south Bronx and Brooklyn before graduating from Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Sam lives in Jersey City with his wife and family, and has few dreams greater than to see all of Jersey City worshiping Jesus Christ as Lord and King over all of life.

  • ELDER PETER CONTRERAS

    Elder, Messiah's Reformed Fellowship

    Peter was born and raised in a Roman Catholic home, and came to know Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior early in his adult life. He counts it an unparalleled blessing to be brought from death to life by the grace of Christ alone. He has a desire to see Christ's church built up in the one true faith, and has started a number of discipleship initiatives at Messiah's. He lives in Westchester County with his wife and family.

  • ELDER BEN HOYT

    Elder, Messiah's Reformed Fellowship

    A native of New Zealand, Ben came to know Jesus as a young child under the faithful and loving training of his Christian parents. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and family.

  • DEACON SAM BASILE

    Deacon, Messiah's Reformed Fellowship

    Originally from Sicily, Sam came to know the saving grace of Christ in his adult years. Sam's heart of hospitality is drawn to meeting people and engaging them in their need. He assists with various mercy ministry initiatives at Messiah's Reformed Fellowship. He lives in Kings County with his wife

  • DEACON KELVIN MORALES

    Deacon, Messiah's Reformed Fellowship

    By God’s grace, Kelvin was saved in his latter high school years from a pagan and nominal Catholic background, and came to a Reformed understanding shortly thereafter. He has a real desire to see the broken and spiritually wounded be made whole by the power of the Gospel. He lives in the Bronx.