Mike

DSC 0043Mike Murphree and his lovely bride Libba were married in 1968.  They have three adult children: Mike, Alex, and Katy.  Mike and Libba are also the proud grandparents of seven beautiful girls and two boys.  In fact, aside from time at the office or his long hours in service to the church, Mike is most often found around his family.

Mike graduated from the University of Alabama, a place he holds dear to his heart, and followed in his father's footsteps in the construction industry.  Both of his sons have also found their way into the same business: Mike works for a company in the Auburn area and Alex is here in Dothan working with the same company as his father and grandfather before him.  When you look at the Murphree family you witness a legacy of faith from grandfather, John Murphree, a former elder at Westgate, to Mike, and then his own children and grandchildren.  Building something that really lasts has become the greatest testimony to what God is doing in their lives.

Mike was born at the close of World War II but doesn't look beyond his fifties.  He attributes this to his wife taking such good care of him.  They are very busy with family, close friends, and serving God.  The Murphrees enjoy traveling with friends and prefer activity to a sedentary life.  In fact, Mike says he can count on one hand the number of movies he's seen in the last dozen years though he does enjoy a good "one liner" from Clint Eastwood.mikefamily

Maybe Eastwood resonates with Mike so well because they are both quite characters who are always remembered when they speak.  Mike is not out in front but you will never doubt that his steady presence can be found in a moment of need.  If not vocal, Mike is passionate; passionate about God's family.  He is active with our student ministry, Lads to Leaders, and prison ministry.  Why? Mike is amazed at God's grace citing the apostle Paul's well known letter to the Romans.  "Very rarely will someone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:7-8).