Stephen Butler Murray 

​Professor of Systematic Theology and Preaching

(313) 831-5200, ext. 209


Bucknell University


Endicott College


Yale University Divinity School


​Union Theological Seminary in New York


Union Theological Seminary in New York

The Reverend Dr. Stephen Butler Murray is a Professor of Systematic Theology and Preaching at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  An ordained minister in the American Baptist Church, he served previously as the Senior Pastor of The First Baptist Church of Boston, Massachusetts and as American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University and Denominational Counselor and Lecturer in Ministry at Harvard Divinity School. In parish ministry, he has served as the pastor of American Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Unitarian-Universalist, and United Church of Christ congregations in urban, suburban, and rural settings in Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York.  In higher education, he served as the chaplain and on the faculty of Endicott College, Skidmore College, and Suffolk University, was an administrator at Yale University’s Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice, and also has taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York and Auburn Theological Seminary. 

President Murray received the B.A. in philosophy and religion from Bucknell University, the M.B.A. from Endicott College, the M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School, and the M.Phil. and Ph.D. in systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  He serves on the Commission on Christian Ethics for the Baptist World Alliance, on the Emerging Theologians Commission of the American Baptist Churches - USA and is on the Steering Committee of the Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture Group of the American Academy of Religion.  He previously served as a denominational delegate to the National Council of Churches, was the founding Managing Editor of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, and is a past President of the North American Paul Tillich Society. 

Dr. Murray is the author of Reclaiming Divine Wrath: A History of a Christian Doctrine and Its Interpretation (Peter Lang, 2011), co-editor with David L. Bartlett and Claudia Ann Highbaugh of the festschrift for Harry Baker Adams, Crossing By Faith: Sermons on the Journey from Youth to Adulthood (Chalice Press, 2003), and co-editor with Aimée Upjohn Light of the multi-volume set God and Popular Culture: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry’s Most Influential Figure (ABC-CLIO, 2015).  His academic work focuses on the history and contemporary relevance of Christian theology and ethics, inter-religious dialogue, homiletics, and religion and the arts.  He has delivered the Smith Lecture in Reformed Church History at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, served as Chaplain of the Week at multiple Chautauqua institutions, and received the Stewart Kerr Ecumenical Award from the Metropolitan Christian Council of Detroit-Windsor.  In 2016, he will deliver the Bible Lectures at the national denominational meeting of the National Association of Christian Congregational Churches and be the keynote speaker at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the internment of Paul Tillich at the Paul Tillich Park in New Harmony, Indiana.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray


Many traditions. One Spirit.