Murray Hill United Methodist Church has been an active worshipping community since May 23, 1926. The church has seen many changes since this first service, but it remains a committed, loving community that seeks to share Christ and serve it's community. Murray Hill is also home to the Developmental Learning Center (DLC) Nurse & Learn during the week. This is a daycare facility that caters to meeting the needs of children with differing abilities.
Rev. Haley Eccles
Pastor Haley is a Jacksonville native and feels privileged to serve in her hometown. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Family, Youth and Community Sciences. Prior to entering ministry, Pastor Haley worked as a case manager for abused and neglected children in Florida. Upon hearing a call to full-time ministry, she attended seminary, where she recently graduated from Duke Divinity School at Duke University.
Murray Hill United Methodist Church is Pastor Haley's first appointment. She serves with the support of her husband Kris, with whom she is expecting her first child in February.
Tabytha serves at Murray Hill United Methodist Church's office manager, and she shares her talents for organization as well as a passion for serving Christ and her community. Tabytha came to Christ two years ago, and she describes this impact as "life altering!" She most recently served in Wyoming on the Wind River Native American Reservation, which is home to the Northern Arapaho Tribe. There she served with ministries including feeding the needy, basketball youth camps, VBS, and sharing Christ with individuals suffering from mental health issues.
Children and Youth Director
Cristal is a citizen of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, (DRC), born in Kinshasa the capital city. She grew up in a Christian household and gave her life to Christ when she was 11 years old. Cristal holds a degree in Business Administration from Ottawa University in Wisconsin. She is fluent in French, English, Lingala and Swahili.
Cristal serves at Murray Hill United Methodist church through the Global Mission Fellows program of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. She is a fellow in partnership with the Young Adult Missional Movement through the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Cristal serves as our Children & Youth Ministries Director.