About the Murch Family ~
Evan Murch became a minister of the Gospel in 1981, the year he and Beverly
were married. They have seven boys and two girls, aged 13 to 28. They
met attending Bible College together at Elim Bible Institute in Lima,
and Beverly were group home parents for troubled youth in Ontario, Canada
in 1981-1982. Bruce has served as associate pastor for two churches from
1986 to 1989.
founded Project Rescue in Springfield, Massachusetts (a group that blocked
the entrances of abortion clinics in an attempt to stop abortions). This
became full-time work.
the years of 1989-1995, Bruce was arrested approximately 50 times, spending
an accumulated year and a half in jail. After the Freedom of Access to
Clinic Entrances (FACE) law was passed, Operation Rescue was virtually
legislated out of existence. Instead of facing charges on trespassing
and minor infractions, they were faced with federal felonies for doing
what any other social protest group in America could do with nothing but
a slap on the wrist.
this time, Bruce also established the Pro-Life Press, a commercial printing
company that serviced Christian and pro-life ministries and individuals
with low-cost printing. This also allowed him to publish a monthly 12-16-page
newsletter called "Salt & Light".
The Murches moved to Virginia, partly as precaution against the threat
posed by the widely predicted potential disaster of Y2K.
Murches returned to full time ministry with the Un-Masking Planned Parenthood
tour in Pennsylvania in June 2000. We did a Public Witness at local events
opposing sodomy and baby-killing, in addition to traveling over 30,000
miles a year to witness, preach, hand out tens of thousands of pieces
of literature and expose wickedness at special events, college campuses
and in city-to-city tours. We raised all of our own support.
then, we have also taken a stand for righteousness at the Indianapolis
Baptist Temple, where the federal government seized a 50-year-old Baptist
church on an unconstitutional tax charge; stood with Alabama Chief Justice
Roy Moore in Alabama to try to prevent the removal of the Ten Commandments
monument from the Rotunda in 2003; and the effort to save the life of
Terri Schiavo in Florida.
Beverly Murch's battle with uterine cancer in 2005 that lasted for two
years, our full-time ministry schedule effectively ceased. In those years,
we were forced to use our farm as a means of sustinence and income, and
travelling became impossible with the daily care of animals required.
The kids grew up, two got married and had children, others got full-time
jobs, and a new phase began. While we will never again all pack into the
family van and take off to some remote city for a 2-week ministry tour
as a family, each of our children is diligently serving God and advancing
the Kingdom in whatever way he or she can. This is what having a big family
is about. The Murch Family influence has not decreased. It has expanded,
and will continue to, God willing.
addition to their ministry and civic activities, The Murch children write
and perform music together in private and public venues, in a band called
Their music is a blend of Early American/Celtic/Classical using violins,
cello, guitar, bass, pennywhistle, celtic drum and vocals.
Murch is 28 years old. He lives with his brothers Sam and Jesse
in a home in Appomattox, Virginia. Aaron designs web sites and does
computer troubleshooting. He's currently working towards his professional
was only six years old when Bruce and Bev first brought him to the
streets to oppose abortion in 1989. Since then he has been a zealous
defender of the faith, a witness for Christ and a witness against
the wickedness of abortion, sodomy fornication and the other evils
that plague the culture. He particulary enjoys college campus witnessing.
Murch is 26 years old. He was married May 10, 2008 to his beloved
wife Mary Jo. They have a beautiful little girl, Katie Lee (2),
and son Benjamin Joel Murch, Jr. born December 28, 2010
accompanied Lauren to Pinnelas Park, Florida in February 2006 to
stand with the parents of Terri Sciavo who was being killed by dehydration
by court order, and remained until Terri died. There he met his
future bride. Ben was only 4 years old when he first began his Public
Witness. He is a man of prayer and action. He has a woodworking
business building replicas of peoples homes, and takes college
level theology courses.
is a self-taught guitar player, and is currently learning to play
drums as well.
(Murch) Tyler is 24 years old and lives in Pensacola, Florida with
her husband, evangelist and street preacher, Nathan Tyler and her
two sons, Moses and Jeremiah. They were wed September 20, 2008.
Lauren has had a zeal for serving the Lord most of her life. Lauren
& Nathan are expecting their second child in October 2010. Lauren
can't get enough of ministry events, and would be on the road 24/7
if she had her way. She was two years old when we first took to
the streets, and she has never known anything else.
is best known as one of the "Philadelphia Five" who were
arrested for simply handing out literature and preaching and witnessing
at a homosexual event on the public sidewalks of Philadelphia. Charges
were eventually dropped, but Lauren was facing a possible 47 years
in jail on these bogus charges.
Murch is 23 years old and is a strapping lad of 6'4", dwarfing
his father and his older brother Ben. He works for a Christian construction
company doing home remodeling. He also owns two of the Covenant
Farm Puppies breeding dogs.
has been in the streets witnessing, opposing evil and standing up
for the truth all his life. When he was 14, Sam was arrested while
handing out literature to cars stopped at a traffic light, by an
overzealous cop. The charges were dropped, but Sam was determined
he would pay any price to speak up for the truth.
is also a self-taught cello player, and plays in the band with his
Murch is 21, and works in construction. Jesse started preaching
on his 10th birthday, July 4th, 2000 in front of the Liberty Bell
In Philadelphia. His Dad had just got done preaching. Jesse jumped
up and held forth for about 30 seconds. He then sat down and cried.
That was it. He's been a street preacher ever since. Since
then, he has preached on the street in a dozen different states
or more, on street corners, in front of abortuaries, and at homosexual
"pride" events and on college campuses.He has a zeal for
the study of God's Word and the defense of it. He is currently taking
college-level courses in theology.
is also a self-taught guitar player, writer and composer.
Joy Murch is 19. Hannah is Mom's right hand around the house. She
is our one-girl comedy act at home (although you'd never know it
in public). She has great disposition and a heart to serve God.
is training in the domestic arts, but also has a flair for art.
She is a self-taught artist with a small business called Hannah
Joy's Pet Portraits. Hannah also started taking violin lessons,
but dropped them and continued teaching herself, and is now a talented
also loves farm life, and especially the care of her horse and our
donkeys. She is just learning to ride, but has been training her
horse in obedience.
Murch is 17. Evan is our miracle child, having been conceived soon
after we lost another baby by miscarriage, and conceived into an
environment in Bev's womb that was most certainly not fit for his
survival. But God...
began preaching when he was 7 years old, in front of the Planned
Parenthood abortuary in Roanoke, VA. He preached to the clinic workers,
the administrator, and the parents and boyfriends of those bringing
in women and girls to have their babies killed. He's been preaching
off and on ever since.
is a natural musician, self-taught in guitar and violin, and also
writes, composes and arranges his own music. He is also an artist
with work featured on the family's business site, Anno
Murch is 15. Elijah had his first go at the "Truth Horn"
in 2004 at age seven, at a conference of Ob/Gyn physicians in Philadelphia,
many of whom were abortionists. He preached a "repent and believe"
message of the gospel, and witnessed against the horror of abortion.
loves the Lord, and is zealous in his prayer and study time. He
is eager to be used by God, and is like his younger brother, a surprising
debater with adults and college-age kids.
is a self-taught pennywhistle and recorder player, and also plays
Celtic drum. He and Josiah are the main hands in our puppy
is 13. He is a quick wit, and often stuns us with ability to engage
people much older with cogent arguments in defense of the Gospel.
He has no problem engaging college students in a debate, and often
has them retreating, speechless, because they are embarrassed that
they cannot answer the arguments of one so young. We
look forward to his progress as he studies God's Word with zeal
Josiah has recently
begun violin lessons under his brother Evan, and hopes to play with
his siblings one day.
that nobody's children are perfect. But we have done everything we could
from before their birth to ensure that they had the proper training and
protection from the wicked influences of the culture that would give them
their best chance of living godly lives of service, honesty and integrity.
Besides being born at home and schooled at home, the Murch kids have been
without a television since 1998, and have grown up without its polluting
influence of drugs, sex and materialism.
they themselves have become an influence AGAINST those things in a culture
that has rejected and forgotten God. We believe what the Bible says in
Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the
way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Lord, bless our efforts.
children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is
his] reward. As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] children
of the youth. Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they
shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Psalm 127: 3-5
[is] every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou
shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy [shalt] thou [be], and [it
shall be] well with thee. Thy wife [shall be] as a fruitful vine by the
sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. Psalm