Our Leadership


The Bible shows us that Jesus Christ alone is the head of the church. He exercises His rule by His Word and Spirit. Jesus 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 that churches should be members of churches. We are accountable to a group of churches known as the United Reformed Churches of North America.

  • Pastor Paul T. Murphy - pastor@merfnyc.org | (917) 747-1193


    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.

  • Pastor Sam Perez - sam@merfnyc.org


    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 Ben Hoyt benhoyt@merfnyc.org


    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.