Church Focus: North Shelby Baptist Church

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 11, 2005

North Shelby Baptist Church opened in 1993 and is pastored by Allan Murphy.

A member of the Southern Baptist Convention, North Shelby held its first services in a shopping center on Valleydale Road.

The church moved to its current location alongside U.S. Highway 280 in 2000, holding its first service in the new building on Christmas Eve.

Since then, North Shelby has seen its congregation grow to include more than 650 members and the completion of the second phase of a new building.

Murphy has been preaching for more than 37 years and began his career in the ministry when he was only 17 years old.

He graduated from Samford University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He also received a degree from the Spanish Language Institute in Costa Rica and spent eight years as a foreign missionary in the Caribbean.

Murphy has served as pastor at North Shelby Baptist since March 1995.

The church offers a number of ministries and programs for the community and its members including weekly men’s and women’s Bible studies and Wednesday evening supper at the church each week.

The church’s Mother’s Day Out program began this past September and the church welcomes the opening of its School of Performing Arts this month.

Murphy said he believes the church’s role in society is to show people the way to salvation.

&8221;The church’s role is to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to our community,&8220; he said, &8221;and to teach and train followers of Jesus Christ to follow his example.&8220;

Murphy said North Shelby Baptist works hard to minister to the community through its programs such as Vacation Bible School each summer, visitation for the sick and elderly; and disaster relief efforts following the hurricanes last month.

Worship schedule:

Sunday Morning – 10:15 a.m.

Sunday Evening – 6:30 p.m.

Contact information:

4100 Belcher Drive

Birmingham, Ala. 35242

Phone: 995-905