Pastor Dave Murphy was born in a small town in central Indiana, and was a "bus kid" riding each Sunday on a bus to church. As he grew older, he got out of church and into a small town gang. However, when he was a teenager, he went to a youth activity and trusted Christ as his Savior. Three months later he was baptized and eventually surrendered his life to full-time ministry. After graduating from high school in 1986, he attended Hyles Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana and graduated in 1990. He married his high school sweetheart, and then moved to Long Beach, California to serve the Lord. He served for nine years as an Assistant Pastor at First Baptist Church, and then served nine years as an Associate Pastor at Gethsemane Baptist Church. He then served seven years as the senior pastor at that church. In September 2016 God moved his family to the Midwest to serve here at First Baptist Church in Geneseo. Pastor Murphy said, "God has been so gracious to me through the years, and I thank Him for what He has done, and what He has allowed me to do!"