Forest Park church welcomes new pastor

By Mehgaan Jones


Ash Street Baptist Church, in Forest Park, has welcomed a new pastor to lead its congregation.

Dr. J. Murray Edwards, 68, became pastor of the church on Oct. 3.

Edwards and his wife, Ellen Askew Edwards, joined Ash Street Baptist Church, after serving in many capacities of the ministry over the years, according to a news release issued by the church.

Dr. and Mrs. Edwards have three children, Laura, Jon, and Cherry, and eight grandchildren, the release states.

"I'm so excited about the opportunity to join with the great people at Ash Street Baptist Church in reaching out to our community," said Edwards. "Ash Street is truly a warm, encouraging fellowship of believers, with a desire to be a lighthouse in the community. And I'm confident that together, with God's help, we will share God's love with Forest Park, and the surrounding area."

Ash Street Baptist Church is located at 5370 Ash St., in Forest Park.

Edwards was ordained into the ministry in 1964, and has served at churches in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. "He received training at Shorter College, in Rome, Ga., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisiana, Instituto de Espanol, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and Luther Rice Seminary, in Jacksonville, Fla.," according to his biography.

The new pastor was the director for King's Way Ministries, and the pastor of Bethany Baptist, both in Pine Mountain, Ga., from 1980 until 1989. The statement added that from 1989 until 2000, Edwards served as the pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church, in Lithonia, and served as the pastor of River of Life Church, in McDonough, from 2000 until 2006.

Most recently, Edwards ministered as the Care Ministry Pastor, at Avalon Church, in McDonough, from 2006 until 2009.

"Dr. Edwards also served five years as a missionary to Mexico with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, from 1974 until 1979," the biography added.

According to a written statement, Edward's additional ministry-related duties have included positions within the Stone Mountain Baptist Association and adjunct professor at Luther Rice Seminary, in Lithonia.