What are some facts about the life of Pastor Arnold Murray?


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Arnold B. Murray was the former pastor of The Shepherd's Chapel church and broadcast facility, which is based in Gravette, Arkansas. According to Murray, he received his doctorate degree in theology and was a former U.S. Marine who served in the Korean War, although this background has been scrutinized and found to be largely unsubstantiated. Nevertheless, Murray successfully built a televangelism empire; as of 2015, over 200 television stations carry broadcasts from The Shepherd's Chapel.

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Pastor Arnold B. Murray was born on April 20, 1929 in Waurika, Oklahoma. His parents were Edgar Dude Murray and Casey Brown Murray. He died on Feb. 12, 2014.

Pastor Murray claimed to have attended Biola University, although the school's registrar had no record of an individual named Arnold Murray being enrolled.

Murray spent 46 years married to his wife Anna. The couple had two sons and a daughter: David Vernon Murray, Dennis Arnold Murray and Fayezel Jackson. Upon Pastor Murray's death, Dennis assumed his position as head pastor at The Shepherd's Chapel. Murray's other remaining relatives include his sisters-in-law Marion Murray and Martha Sweeter, his granddaughter Jessica Murray Pike and her husband Luther Pike.

In the U.S. Marine Corps, Murray served as a combat Marine and was present at the Incheon landing. He also claimed to have survived the Chosin Reservoir Campaign.

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