First Baptist Church is pleased to announce the arrival of Pastor John and Lynna Murray to Hawthorne. Lynna and John ministered in Iowa for more than 25 years in both solo and assistant pastor positions. Lynna worked with special needs children; special camps; children’s ministries; counseling; and women’s ministries in addition to helping raise four grown children. John served with a camp board; state youth committee; his college alumni association; YMCA board; public school board; and advisory board chairman for the local High School.

Since 2002, they have been ministering to college students at Iowa State University through CrossRoad Baptist Church in Ames, Iowa. They are looking forward to becoming a part of the community as well as exploring the area’s many hiking opportunities.

The community of Hawthorne is invited to attend the installation of Pastor John to First Baptist Church. The service will be held at First Baptist Church (8th and C) on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. Former Pastor Jack Hammonds and the State Representative of the California/Nevada Association of Baptist Churches, Ron Schrock will be participating in the service.

A potluck luncheon will be held in the church dining hall immediately following the installation service.