Reverend Dr. Laurey H. Murphy, Pastor, Johns Island Presbyterian Church
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Laurey is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education. She holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Columbia Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Laurey has served several churches in South Carolina and Alabama and has been pastor of a church in Houston since 2006. Her son and his family reside in Greenville, South Carolina and her daughter and her family reside in Hickory, North Carolina.
After college, while teaching emotionally distressed children, Laurey was recruited to lead the Junior High youth group at her home church. That led her to a call into ordained ministry, where she has been an educator and a pastor for over 30 years. She has served as a leader a youth conference at Mo-Ranch in Texas, at an adult conference in Montreat in North Carolina, and as moderator of the local Presbytery in Houston.
Laurey states, “The words, ‘Remember who you are and whose you are…’, have permeated my ministry and indeed my whole life. Whether it be in singing with children for chapel or directing a youth conference at Mo Ranch, from leading older adults at Montreat to planning worship for all ages in a congregation, my calling has been to share the love of God in Jesus Christ and how we are called to be that love in the world.” Her statement of faith concludes, “I believe that God calls all to be God’s children, to respond to God’s grace with faith, to come together in community as the body of Christ, to celebrate being many in our diversity but one in Christ, to be the priesthood of all believers serving in compassion, witnessing in truth, and living in joy.”
Elaine Earl – JIPC Administrator
Elaine joined the staff of Johns Island Presbyterian Church in February of 2008 with outstanding organizational skills and a life-long love of learning. Her responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of the business side of the church. Elaine is a “people person” with over 30 years of customer service, having worked with the public since high school. She has one son, Andrew, age 12, who attends Haut Gap Middle School and is in the Magnet Program.
Sarah Smith – Director of Music
Sarah began studying music at age five and continued her piano studies at Charleston County School of the Arts and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, where she studied with Drs. Sasha Starcevich and James Lent. Sarah attended the College of Charleston, where she studied piano with Enrique Graf, organ with Dr. Bill Gudger, and composition with Dr. David Maves. Sarah joined the staff at Johns Island Presbyterian Church in August of 2009. In addition to playing both the organ and the piano, Sarah also enjoys teaching and working with children. She leads the After School Arts Program at the church, directs the adult and children’s choirs, as well as the festival choir, a unique ensemble which performs on special occasions throughout the year.
Laksami Green – Nursery
Laksami Green, a native of Thailand, has been caring for the children at Johns Island Presbyterian Church for well over 10 years. Her kind and caring attitude toward the children is the first thing people notice about her. The parents love her, but the children love her even more!
Laksami and her family make their home on Johns Island, just minutes from the church.