In 1974 when I first sensed God calling me into ministry, I never dreamed that the call would lead me to 7 states and two foreign countries – Kenya and Haiti. Since then, I have tried to live out this calling as a youth pastor, a senior pastor and a missionary in California, Colorado, Idaho, Wisconsin, Illinois and most recently in Missouri as a missionary to international students at college and university campuses in the St. Louis area.
I came to Lanyon Covenant in September 2008. I am excited about seeing the new things God will do in and through the church there. To quote the movie The Blues Brothers, I feel like I’m on a mission from God. "I believe that rural churches and churches in small towns often overlook their strengths, We can get caught up in comparing ourselves to mega churches, big city churches and even other churches in neighboring areas. God did not call His church to imitate. God called us to create. I’m here to assist the church to become the best it can be – strengths and weaknesses all considered.”
I realize that there are many choices today regarding finding a spiritual home, including being a non-attender, but I believe that God has called us into community. I think that if you really want to grow as a Christian, you have to be connected with other Christians in Christ’s Body – the church. If you’re in the area, I hope you will stop in sometime. I’d love to talk with you
about your spiritual journey.
My wife, Elise and I have received a very warm welcome from a sincere group of loving Christians at the Covenant Church in Lanyon. We’ve been married over 33 years. We have three grown daughters and three grandchildren.
I am an avid outdoorsman who loves fishing and hunting. I have been involved in many conservation organizations over the years, and I take our stewardship over God’s good gift of the creation very seriously.
Pastor Marc Murchison
On September 1, 1877 a meeting was held for the purpose of the organization of a Congregation and to call a "Christian preacher to preach the Word of God." They held the meeting in the Lost Grove Schoolhouse. Nine people came to the meeting and are now known as "Charter Members." Those people where: J.W. Johnson, J.L. Wilson, Andrew Perry, A. Johnson, Chas Malmberg, Carl Peterson, J.P. Johnson, C.A. Carlson, and August Schultz. At this meeting Mr. C.A. Carlson was elected Chairman and Mr. Oscar Peterson elected secretary and C.B. Johnson, who was then only 15, later became the pastor. They then developed the Lost Grove Mission Association. The meeting was then ended with the decision "to adjourn to meet again tomorrow evening at C. Peterson's home."
At this meeting Mr. J.L. Wilson was chosen as Chairman. Mr. Sunden was present and was asked to participate as an advisory person. They also began to elect officers.
As the work progressed and grew, the homes and schoolhouses became too small for the services and other activities of the young but active congregation. The building of a church was considered at various times, but it was not until January 1888 that it was definitely decided to build the first church. It was built one and a half miles west of Lanyon. A parsonage was built in the spring of 1890 and in 1904 an addition was added to the church. On August 9, 1909 the congregation decided to build a new church in Lanyon. It was dedicated on October 26, 1910. In August 1912 the parsonage was moved to the north part of Lanyon. The old church was sold in December 1915. On January 11, 1921 the congregation purchased the present parsonage from Mr. C.J. Carlson, trading off the old parsonage as part payment.
Pat C. from the Webster County Genealogy group sent us this information about the Lanyon church: