About The Murch Family

~ About the Murch Family ~

Bruce 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, NY.

Bruce 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.

Bruce 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.

During 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.

During 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".

In 1999, The Murches moved to Virginia, partly as precaution against the threat posed by the widely predicted potential disaster of Y2K.

The 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.

Since 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.

Since 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.

The Murch Arrows

In addition to their ministry and civic activities, The Murch children write and perform music together in private and public venues, in a band called The Covenanters. Their music is a blend of Early American/Celtic/Classical using violins, cello, guitar, bass, pennywhistle, celtic drum and vocals.

Aaron 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 computer certifications.

Aaron 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.

Ben 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

Ben 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.

Ben is a self-taught guitar player, and is currently learning to play drums as well.

Lauren (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.

Lauren 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.

Sam 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.

Sam 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.

Sam is also a self-taught cello player, and plays in the band with his siblings.

Jesse 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.

Jesse is also a self-taught guitar player, writer and composer.

Hannah 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.

Hannah 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 intermediate-level violinist.

Hannah 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.

Evan 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...

Evan 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.

Evan 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 Domini Customs.

Elijah 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.

Elijah 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.

Elijah is a self-taught pennywhistle and recorder player, and also plays Celtic drum. He and Josiah are the main hands in our puppy business.

Josiah Murch 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 and enthusiasm.

Josiah has recently begun violin lessons under his brother Evan, and hopes to play with his siblings one day.

We know 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.

Instead, 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.

Lo, 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

Blessed [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 128:1-4