About Our Rector
The Reverend William MacDonald Murray was born in Buffalo, NY in 1952,
the son of a chemical engineer (Father, Georgia Tech '39) and an aspiring
actress (Mother). He has two brothers and one sister.
Mac grew up in Williamsville, NY, and attended
Calvary Episcopal Church
where he participated in the choir, youth group, and was an acolyte.
Merline and Mac met on a blind date in 1968 before Mac went to
New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. They married on June 12,
1976 and then moved from Williamsville to San Diego, where Mac started
work at General Dynamics as a Software Engineer. He remained at GD for
Their daughter Becca (Rebecca Elizabeth Murray) was born in San Diego in
1982. Later that year, they moved to St. Louis, where the corporate headquarters
of General Dynamics was located. Their second child Geoff (Geoffrey MacDonald
Murray) was born in St. Charles, MO in 1984.
Mac re-entered the church and joined Trinity Episcopal Church in St.
Charles. His family then moved on to Reston, Virginia in 1987 to open a new
Engineering Business Unit for GD. It was there that Mac became an active
Lay member of
St. Anne's Episcopal Church.
In 1999, Mac left full time employment (maintaining "consultant" status for 2
years) to attend Virginia Theological Seminary.
During his Seminary career,
he was chaplain at
Children's Hospital in Washington, DC, seminarian for
two years at Trinity Episcopal
Church in Manassas, VA, and a summer
intern at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
in Old Town Alexandria, VA.
He graduated from Seminary in May 2002 and was ordained a Deacon in
June 2002. Mac then joined the staff of
Grace Church, The Plains, VA in July
2002 as Assistant Rector. In December 2002, Mac was ordained a Priest.
In the summer of 2006, Mac was called to be the Rector of Trinity Milford,
and started with us in October.
A few more facts about Father Mac:
How do the members of his last church describe him?
Some say he is impossible to describe in only one word and others answer
with adjectives describing joy and energy. The source of his joy and energy
seems to be fueled by an almost nuclear chain reaction of activity he sets off
when he interacts with other people.
What was his first heavenly adventure?
His career as an aeronautical engineer.
What was his second heavenly adventure?
Episcopal priest, ordained May 2002
How does Mac describe himself?
He is a life adventurer. His adventurous road to this pew in The Plains and
his calling to the ministry took many turns, some steered by his conscious
choice to "meet people where they are" and some guided by his belief that
God gives all of us permission to be adventurers in life.
What does being a Christian mean to him?
"Being a Christian for me is simply a matter of loving God with all my heart,
loving my neighbor and loving myself. If you can be present and living in the
knowledge that you are part of a created order and you are beloved, you will
How does Mac interact with a community?
Building community isn't the work of repentance, or even an act of charity,
rather it is an irrepressible response to being part of a community. The
response to love is to reach out and help those in need.
Mac likes to throw his mind open to many new thoughts and experiences and
occasionally throws his body over one too many edges. He broke his back
once participating in the "sport" of sand dune jumping.
What does Mac plan on doing when he meets our praying community?
"I'll meet them on their terms."
"The Adventuring Priest" by David Roos, Times Community Newspapers Inc.