Sherry Edwards, Minister of Music and Senior Adults

My name is Sherry Murdock Edwards, and I came to Abbotts Creek Baptist Church as Minister of Music, January 1, 2007. I was born in Spruce Pine, NC to Essie and Virgil Murdock, Jr. Since I was an only child, some people would say that I was spoiled. I tend to believe I was just extremely loved! My family was members of Bear Creek Baptist Church, Bakersville, NC.

I never remember a time when we did not go to church. My daddy was a deacon and in charge of the sound room and Tape Ministry. My mom taught Sunday School and they both sang in the choir. My daddy also sang with the Bear Creek Quartet and from as long as I can remember I always went with them and began singing solos at age 3. When I was 6 years old, I asked Jesus Christ into my heart at the end of Sunday Morning service. I had no idea exactly what that meant for me that day, but I knew I love God and wanted to go to heaven when died.

During my early teenage years, the youth had the opportunity to go to Camp Caswell for youth week. Our pastor at that time told me that he believe that God had something special for my life. We started going every summer and that is where I felt God leading me to full time Christian service. In the summer of 1984, I accepted the call of God on my life at Caswell and shared it with my church.

I entered Mars Hill College and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree, with an emphasis in Church Music. I began my serving at Bakersville Baptist Church as Music director and from there in summer of 1989 served Pine Branch Baptist Church, Spruce Pine, NC as a summer Minister of Music/Youth.

After college, I enrolled at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky and graduated with a Master of Church Music. While in seminary I served as Minister of Youth and Organist for Lynn Acres Baptist Church and returned home each summer and served at Pine Branch as minister of Music/Youth. Upon graduation from seminary, in January 1993, I returned to Pine Branch as full time Minister of Music/ Youth.

In October 1995, I met my husband, Kevin, through a mutual friend in Wise, VA. As we made our vows to become man & wife, we also became partners in ministry. God called us to First Baptist Church, Whitesburg, KY in June 1996-December 2006. In January 2007 changed our lives as we moved from Kentucky, our home of 10 years, to High Point, NC to begin our work here at Abbotts Creek. I know that God placed us here not only in the way it came about, but in the love and support given us as a result of my parents being involved in a car accident and eventually my Daddy going to be with the Lord in July 2007. He has given us a church “family” that has carried us through the most difficult time of our lives and we will forever be grateful to Abbotts Creek for their love during that time and continuing on now.

God has also blessed me & Kevin with two daughters. I never knew being a Mom would bring me so much joy! They are definitely blessing from the Lord and it is my prayer each day that they will grow to serve the Lord and be Godly women of faith!

My favorite scripture is Psalm 37:4. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I am learning more each day about my wonderful Lord and pray that my life and ministry reflect the love, grace and forgiveness I have found in Him.

I have learned that the circumstances of our lives may not be what we would choose them to be, but our God is always faithful and will supply our every need!

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Saturday, January 20, 2018