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, and her son, Eli.
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.
Michelle was born in London, Ontario, Canada and was living a fun filled young life on ice skates and tobogganing in the snow until her father accepted a job in the United States and moved their family to Toledo, Ohio. In high school, Michelle met her future husband, Bill, and she was married at the young age of 19 (still going strong!) In 1990, her family moved to Florida where they have raised 2 wonderful children, and they have 2 beautiful grandchildren. Michelle has been blessed and honored to be a youth minister (both staff and volunteer) at several local United Methodist Churches over the last 20 years. She has a passion for reaching and teaching our children and youth, the next leaders of our world, that they all can be world changers and that Jesus loves them! She also makes the best homemade salsa and guacamole!