Huntington, WV Black History

Franklin Murphy, Sr. Rev.

Pastor, Pilot

Franklin Murphy Sr. is a pilot and longtime pastor of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Huntington.

Murphy was born April 13, 1950. A native of Logan County, Murphy graduated with honors from Man High School in 1969. He attended both West Virginia State and Marshall universities and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern University’s Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Virginia University of Lynchburg in 2007.

Murphy was employed for 27 years as a mechanical designer for Union Carbide Corporation’s Technical Center in South Charleston.

His pastoral history includes Mount Zion Baptist Church in South Charleston from 1971-84; Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Stirrat, West Virginia, from 1984-88; St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery, West Virginia from 1988-93; and Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Huntington from 1993 to present.

He was the clerk of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Association from 1990-93 and was past president of the Progressive State Baptist Convention of West Virginia. He also was a member of the Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance; past president of the Huntington Black Pastors Association; board member at Cabell Huntington Hospital from 1994-95; and a former associate chaplain at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He currently is a staff chaplain at Cabell Huntington Hospital and was recently appointed to the Huntington Police Department’s Chaplaincy Advisory Group.

Murphy earned his FAA private pilot’s license in 2012.

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