In early 2010 the Lord began speaking to Bill Murchison about planting a vineyard in the East Mountains. As he prayed and sought the Lord for clarification about what he had heard, the word was confirmed prophetically to Bill and Karen through others.In May 2010, Bill began to share his vision with others that he felt might be interested in being a part of the church plant. At the end of July the Core Group, which consisted of nine people, began meeting every other week at Bill’s house. During this time, Bill went through the church planting process required by the Vineyard USA. On October 13, 2010, Bill received notice from the Vineyard USA that the church plant had been formally approved. In November 2011, the church had outgrown Bill’s home, and began meeting in facility at 87 Saddle Spur Trail, Edgewood, NM. On February 28, EMV closed on a new facility, located at # 1 Eunice Court, Edgewood, NM 87015, our current meeting place. We had our first Sunday there on August 3, 2014.
Bill believes in the plurality of elders, and has brought on others to help with the pastoral responsibilities. The current pastoral team consists of Pastors Bill & Karen Murchison, Pastor Bill & Nelfa Bice, and Pastor Greg & Linda Richard.
The East Mountain Vineyard Church is going through a transition period. Pastor Bill Murchison has been transitioning out of the Lead Pastor role, and Pastor Bill Bice has been assuming more responsibilities. The transition will be complete on July 30, 2017, when Pastor Bill Murchison ordains Pastor Bill Bice as the Lead Pastor. Pastor Bill Murchison will be staying on as a pastor, but will not be leading the pastoral team.
About Pastor Bill Murchison
Bill Murchison has a passion for the local church. He was ordained in 1986 and has served at a number of different churches. He also served as a chaplain at a maximum security prison for several years. Bill is a teacher and is committed to studying the Scriptures, applying them in his life, and to teaching God’s principles to the church. The East Mountain Vineyard is Bill’s third church plant. Bill and Karen have been married for thirty-nine years and have ten children, and eleven grandchildren.
About Pastor Bill Bice
Bill Bice was led to the Lord and discipled by the Navigators at the University of Wisconsin. After graduation, he continued to minister with them on two more college campuses as well as in Korea. God led Bill to pursue pastoral ministry and he studied at Bethel Theological Seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity in 1987. Bill has a passion for studying, preaching, and teaching God’s Word. He continues to have a heart for one-on-one and small group discipleship. He has served in Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor roles at various churches. Bill is married to Nelfa Bice, and they have three children, and one grandchild.