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Andrew Murray (minister)

Andrew Murray
Born (1828-05-09)9 May 1828
Graaff Reinet, South Africa
Died 18 January 1917(1917-01-18) (aged 88)
Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa
Occupation Pastor, author

Andrew Murray (9 May 1828 – 18 January 1917) was a South African writer, teacher and Christian pastor. Murray considered missions to be "the chief end of the church".


  • Early life and education 1
  • Residence in Utrecht 2
  • Religious work in South Africa 3
  • Death 4
  • Works 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Andrew Murray was the second child of Andrew Murray Sr. (1794–1866), a Dutch Reformed Church missionary sent from Scotland to South Africa. He was born in Graaff Reinet, South Africa. His mother, Maria Susanna Stegmann, was of French Huguenot and German Lutheran descent.[1]

Murray was sent to Aberdeen in Scotland for his initial education, together with his elder brother, John. Both remained there until they obtained their master's degrees in 1845. From there, they both went to the University of Utrecht where they studied theology. The two brothers became members of Het Réveil, a religious revival movement opposed to the rationalism which was in vogue in the Netherlands at that time. Both brothers were ordained by the Hague Committee of the Dutch Reformed Church on 9 May 1848 and returned to the Cape.

Murray married Emma Rutherford in Cape Town, South Africa, on 2 July 1856. They had eight children together (four boys and four girls).

Residence in Utrecht

In 1846 they lived in the minnebroederstraat (number unknown).

From 1847-1848 they lived at the zadelstraat 39.

Religious work in South Africa

Murray pastored churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town and Wellington, all in South Africa. He was a champion of the South African Revival of 1860.

In 1889, he was one of the founders of the South African General Mission (SAGM), along with Martha Osborn and Spencer Walton. After Martha Osborn married George Howe, they formed the South East Africa General Mission (SEAGM) in 1891. SAGM and SEAGM merged in 1894. Because its ministry had spread into other African countries, the mission's name was changed to Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) in 1965. AEF joined with Serving In Mission (SIM) in 1998 and continues to this day. Through his writings, Murray was also a key Higher Life or Keswick leader, and his theology of faith healing and belief in the continuation of the apostolic gifts made him a significant forerunner of the Pentecostal movement.[2]


Murray died on 18 January 1917, four months before his 89th birthday. He was so influenced by Johann Christoph Blumhardt's Möttlingen revival that he included a portion of Friedrich Zündel's biography at the end of With Christ in the School of Prayer.


Murray authored over 240 books, including:

  • Abide in Christ
  • Absolute Surrender
  • Be Perfect
  • Divine Healing
  • God's Will: Our Dwelling Place
  • Holy in Christ
  • How to Raise Your Children for Christ
  • Humility: The Beauty of Holiness
  • Let Us Draw Nigh
  • Like Christ
  • Money
  • The Deeper Christian Life
  • The Lord's Table
  • The Holiest of All: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews
  • The Master's Indwelling
  • The Ministry of Intercession
  • The Power of the Blood of Christ
  • The Prayer Life
  • The Spirit of Christ
  • The Spiritual Life
  • The True Vine
  • The Two Covenants
  • The Secret of God's Presence
  • Thy Will Be Done
  • Waiting on God
  • With Christ in the School of Obedience
  • With Christ in the School of Prayer
  • Working for God!
  • Humility & Absolute Surrender


  1. ^ "Murray, Andrew". Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa 7. Nasou Limited. 1971. p. 653.  
  2. ^ , Thomas D. Ross, Great Plains Baptist Divinity School, 2014The Doctrine of SanctificationAndrew Murray, Keswick / Higher Life Leader: a Biographical Sketch, in

External links

  • Works by Andrew Murray at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about Andrew Murray at Internet Archive
  • Works by Andrew Murray at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
  • Thomas D. Ross, Ph. D. Diss, Great Plains Baptist Divinity School, 2014The Doctrine of Sanctification,Andrew Murray, Keswick / Higher Life Leader: a Biographical Sketch, in
  • True Vine Audio
  • World Invisible Online Library Includes many Murray books
  • Path2Prayer "has a collection of 40 Murray books in pdf form"
  • Short Bio from The Healing and Revival Press
  • Short Bio from the Wellington Museum
  • Andrew Murray Centre in Wellington, South Africa
  • Andrew Murray Bible School in South Africa
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