Lt. Colonel John Murray was born in Digby, Nova Scotia to Salvation Army officer parents and spent most of his younger years in Toronto.
In 1987, he married Brenda Brown, also a child of Salvation Army officers and in 1994, they entered the Toronto College for Officer Training from Woodroffe Temple, Ottawa as part of the “Messengers of the Truth” Session. They were commissioned and ordained as Salvation Army officers in 1996 with their first appointment being Sydney Citadel in Nova Scotia.
In the annual move of 2017, he was appointed as Territorial Public Relations and Development Secretary at Territorial Headquarters in Toronto and after a year, was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel and moved into the office of Territorial Secretary for Communications.
He is currently the Chair, Toronto Grace Health Centre Board of Trustees and has been appointed as Executive Officer for the Canadian Staff Songsters.
John holds a BA from York University, Toronto, a Graduate Certiﬁcate in Public Relations and Communications Management from Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, and an MA in Leadership from the University of Guelph. John has also completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Certificate, Non-Profit Leadership. He is also an accredited APR (Canadian Public Relations Society) and holds the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation. John and Brenda delight in their four sons, Zachary, Liam, Kieran, and Nathan and when he’s not working, John enjoys golfing, cycling and photography.