LOUISVILLE–Peggy Murphy has been named as the new Kentucky Changers Coordinator by the Kentucky WMU Executive Board.
Kentucky Changers is a week-long missions experience for youth. Teams of youth and leaders partner with local agencies to repair homes for needy homeowners. Kentucky Changers has enjoyed significant success, attracting hundreds of participants from Kentucky and beyond and winning praise from civic leaders.
Coordination of Kentucky Changers was handed off from the Kentucky Baptist Convention to Crossings Ministries when the KBC reorganized in 2012; Crossings handed Kentucky Changers off to Kentucky WMU after wrapping up projects in July 2013.
Murphy has worked with Kentucky Changers for most of its twenty-year history and will assume this role on November 1.
Murphy first participated in World Changers in 1994. That experience led to her call to youth ministry and she took her first group to participate in Kentucky Changers in 1995. In 2000 while she and her youth group participated in the first project of the summer, Murphy was asked to assist as an overseer in the second project. From that she began to learn the “nuts and bolts” of what it takes to organize Kentucky Changers projects.
Next Murphy began working as a part-time ministry assistant in the KBC Brotherhood Department. Her responsibilities included assisting with Kentucky Changers. In 2002 Murphy was hired full-time and given responsibility for Kentucky Changers. She served in that position until 2012 when Kentucky Changers was assigned to Crossings Ministries.
Murphy has seen Changers grow from one project with 80 participants to three projects with 1100 participants. She is experienced in working with city and county officials, school boards and Directors of Missions. She has expertise with the logistics, contracts, and legal matters associated with Kentucky Changers.
“We are delighted to welcome Peggy Murphy to the WMU staff. Her experience with Kentucky Changers will help the transition of this ministry to Kentucky WMU to go smoothly. In addition to references we requested, we received numerous unsolicited emails and calls urging us to enlist Peggy. She is much beloved by all of the volunteers who have worked with Kentucky Changers across the years. This is an exciting time for Kentucky WMU as we go forward in this new venture.”
In recommending Peggy for this position, Coy Webb, Disaster Relief Director said, “She handled the planning, project coordination, volunteer enlistment and training, student participation, as well as serving as the primary on-site coordinator…She did this role with tremendous effectiveness….She has a passion for missions, young people, and volunteers that was contagious, and that inspired others to desire to be part of this Kingdom ministry.”
Konnie Smith of Russellville wrote in an email to Bolton, “Is is possible to get Peggy Murphy? She is the ace-in-the hole!! She IS Kentucky Changers. That lady is an organizer and much of Changers success has been from her leadership.”
In accepting the call to serve with Kentucky WMU, Murphy said, “I am very honored and feel greatly blessed to be able to work with Kentucky Changers again. Kentucky Changers is one of the greatest ministries I have ever worked with. This ministry teaches teens how to show the love of Jesus by loving on people and coming to their aid. Serving the Lord is a great blessing and when you teach students how God can use them, it is amazing to watch how they respond to that.”
Murphy noted that several Kentucky Changers participants “have gone on to the International Mission Board and other missions opportunities after they got out of school.” She noted that these “are not the only ones who gain from Changers. Many are saved, the homeowners are forever changed, the communities become proud of the homes, the churches within the associations start to work closer together and the volunteers use their gifts and talents for the glory of the Lord. I thank God for this opportunity!”
2014 Kentucky Changers projects and locations are being finalized and promotional materials will be released in the near future.
Release prepared by Joy Bolton, Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union