Pastor Elmer Murdoch
Many years ago I preached a sermon entitled, “Steps Leading To Salvation.” Though I didn’t know it, it became the seed for the evangelistic booklet, Step Up To Life. Beginning with the first edition in 1971, it has been printed in 62 languages.
Chuck Colson’s* concern was ours. He stated that for every 100 people making decisions for Christ, only two may return for follow-up a few days later. George Barna** says that the majority of people (51% minimum) making decisions, leave the church in 6-8 weeks. Step Up To Life speaks to this problem by not only informing the mind, but discovering where the heart is, so a reality-based commitment can be made. Our instructional material explains this more fully.
I have pastored small to very large churches. By God’s grace, our last church grew from 40 people to over 3,000 with a Christian school of over 600 students, a missionary budget over $500,000 and help given to over 170 nations. All of our churches were built on the truths found here as a foundation.
I want to thank you for your interest in this material. All proceeds will go back towards the expansion of SUTL (non-profit) ministry. One great way to help us is to recommend this material to a friend. Thank you in advance for your help. God bless you as you help others to Step Up To Life.
Elmer Murdoch, Founder
*Chuck Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship
**George Barna, George Barna Research Institute
Elmer H. Murdoch Bio:
Born in Vermont, Pastor Elmer Murdoch was raised in Rhode Island. After graduating from Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts, he pastored churches in Massachusetts, Ohio and in Chicago, Illinois, where he succeeded Dr. A. W. Tozer.
While at the Omaha Gospel Tabernacle, now Christ Community Church, he had a seven-year radio ministry and hosted his own TV program entitled, “Step Up To Life.” Concluding 20 years of ministry with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, he was the founding pastor of Trinity Church Interdenominational in Omaha, NE. Under Pastor Murdoch’s guidance, the church congregation grew from 40 to 3,000, an annual missionary budget of over $500,000, eleven pastoral staff and a Christian School of more than 600 students.
After 22 years of pastoral duties at Trinity, Pastor Murdoch gave himself to enlarging the use and spread of “Step Up To Life,” an evangelistic booklet he wrote. The booklet has been printed in over 50 languages, including several children’s editions. He also produced for the booklet a companion DVD teaching album, Leader and Study Guides.
Step Up To Life Ministries is a non-profit, outreach program, with a primarily volunteer staff. All proceeds from the sale of materials are used to further the outreach. While Director of Step Up To Life Ministries, Pastor Murdoch wrote, taught and preached at conferences and churches while giving direction to this growing and international ministry. As Associate Director, he continues to support the ministry in each of these endeavors.
Pastor Murdoch has been married to his bride, Nancy, for 67 years. They have three children, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.