Convicted murder, jewel thief to address 096 Chaplaincy Ministry

Born again Christian will share his stories
Sep. 01, 2013 @ 05:40 AM

A former national surfing champion, concert violinist, movie stunt man, notorious jewel thief and convicted murderer, will be the guest speaker Tuesday night, Sept. 10 at the annual fund raising dinner for the 096 Chaplaincy Ministry.

The Rev. Jack Murphy, "Murph the Surf" will address the annual dinner meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at The Foundation, Isothermal Community College. 

Reservations are necessary and must be received before Friday, Sept. 6  in order to determine the head count for the meal. 

Murphy, who lives in Florida with his wife,is a born-again Christian and director of an international prison ministry.

He believes prisoners across the country are looking for an answer and Jesus Christ is the answer.

"If you're not doing God's business, you are just doing time," he says.

 Murphy wants people to know there is "an army of men and women who are coming out of prisons who are no longer cirminals because God has raised them up."

Born in Los Angeles, he was was involved in the notorious robbery, on Oct.29, 1964, of the Star of India.

In 1968 he was convicted of the first-degree murder of Terry Rae Frank, 24, a California secretary.

He will share his story with the Chaplaincy Ministry on Tuesday. 

The primary purpose of the 096 ministry, said volunteer Paul McIntosh, is to operate an interdenominational Christian Ministry for the benefit of the inmates incarcerated in the North Carolina Department of Correction in Spindale and the Rutherford County Detention Facility.

The Chaplaincy Ministry was founded in 1985 and its work is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors which meets monthly to direct the course of the ministry. Members and officers of the Board of Directors are elected annually by the General Committee, a group composed of representatives of supporting churches. 

The Chaplaincy Ministry supports the salaries of three chaplains. One chaplain serves the Department of Correction and two chaplains are at the jail, serving male and female inmates.

There are no public funds available to support the prison chaplains. All funding comes by the local churches, individuals and philanthropic groups. 

Part of the mission of the 096 Chaplaincy Ministry is to bring the word of the Lord to the inmates and to try and break the never ending arrest cycle for as many inmates as possible. Many of the inmates within these prison walls are people with families and friends who love them. Many have been the victums of child abuse, broken homes, and drug and alcohol-related problems. They deserve their punishment; they also deserve an opportunity to live a productive life once they have been released. 

The annual budget for the Chaplaincy Ministry is more than $38,500 which is funded through private donations.

"In these difficult economic times it is very hard to make budget and assistance from the community is necessary to continue this program," McIntosh said. 

The public is invited to the annual fundraising event. 

A suggested donation of $25 per person $45  per couple or a business sponsorship for $150 which includes two tickets and sponsor recognition. 

Call Andra Prince at (828) 429-7820 to make a reservation.