Rev. William Cornick Jr. was born in Norfolk, Virginia where he attended St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church. While worshipping there he was an acolyte, a member of the Young Peoples Department, and the Young Adult Choir until graduating from Maury High School and serving in the United States Marine Corp. He holds a BS Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Masters of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary where he was elected the Vice President of the Student Body. Rev. Cornick has been in ministry for 11 years. He is married to Evangelist Jasmon Cornick and share 6 children and 19 grandchildren. His favorite scripture is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.”
Reverend D. Janet Russell Mother of 4 children, one deceased. Ordained in1996.
Former Pastor of St. Paul AME Church in McNary, AZ. Current Associate Minister at Murph AME Church until retirement at end of year 2021, Along with her other gifts and talents Rev. Russell is a leader in the Music Ministry and teaches New Membership classes. She can be found at hospitals, nursing homes, sick homes and throughout the community offering communion, prayer and satisfying other needs.
Ordained as an Itinerant Elder in 2016. Rev, Cato has a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Masters in Education and a Bachelors in Public Administration from San Diego State University. Former Pastor of Victory AME Church (2017-2018) and former Associate Minister at Mt. Moriah Community AME Church where she was a founding member. She has one daughter who is currently working towards a Masters in Interior Architecture at ASU.
Rev. Cato is responsible for Murph's transition to and maintenance of all virtual services.
Reverend Franklin is the newest Minister to the Murph family. She proudly confesses her willingness to serve when she heard God's calling. She came prepared to fulfill a myriad of roles. A leader, an orator, a ‘boss,’ an intriguer and and an idealist. Assisting with Baptism and Communion, Rev. Franklin also leads Sunday School. Her greatest passions are found in her work with seniors and children.
Ordained Minister and former Pastor, Reverend Sudie Haynes believes in the power of the word of God to save, deliver, touch hearts and change lives. She has an emphasis for evangelism. She enriches the weekly Women's Bible Study classes with her extensive knowledge of biblical customs and historical context. Rev. Sudie also leads the weekly Intercessory Prayer line. Current Assistant Minister at Murph AME Church until retirement at end of year 2021.
Presiding Elder L.K. William officially opened the doors to the H.W. Murph Community A.M.E. Church on March 1, 1987 at 4801 E. Myrtle St. in Glendale, AZ. The church is named for “The Right Reverend” Henry Wendell Murph, who was one of the longest-serving bishops in the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It is stated that “He invested in people, because he believed people were the means by which God transformed the world.”
The first pastor of Murph was Bishop William Burden. Since Bishop Burden, Murph has been blessed with multiple leaders that brought growth and development through multiple building purchases, the establishment of a food bank to feed the less fortunate and adding a weekly segment to services which specifically targets children.
In 2009, Pastor Dr. D. Charles Wharry re-ignited a revival at Murph Community AME Church by incorporating the CERBY plan which emphasizes member teamwork. The CERBY plan calls for - Community involvement, Education, Retain(recruit, retrain), Building (alternative financial programs), and Youth (Scholarships & Programs).
Continuing with teamwork emphasis, the most recent former pastor, Pastor Gerald Richard, announced the church’s new motto “we are one family.” Pastor William Cornick Jr. MDiv. is the current pastor and continuing with the church’s original vision, he encourages strong stewardship, community, and faith-based outreach and involvement.
After several relocations Murph’s present home is 6702 N. 27th Ave in Phoenix. Please join us. All are welcomed at Murph Community AME Church.
" Saying, ‘I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.’
— Hebrews 2:12
The Motto “God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family” is a great summary of what the African Methodist Episcopal Church believes. Also known as the A.M.E. Church for short, the denomination is Methodist in terms of its basic doctrine and order of worship. The split from the main branch of the Methodist Church was not a result of doctrinal differences but rather the result of a time period that was marked by man’s intolerance of his fellow man. To find the basic foundations of the beliefs of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, you need look no further than The Apostles’ Creed and The Twenty Five Articles of Religion.
Officers and Committees
Betty Allen Brissette Steward Pro Tem
Evangelist Jasmon Cornick
Annual Conference Delegates*
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