|Assistant Pastor, Rev. Sylvia C. Murphy|
Oak Grove baptist Church is blessed to have an extraordinary Assistant Pastor.
Sylvia Copeland-Murphy was born in Suffolk, Virginia on March 19, 1958 to Mrs. Evelyn H. Copeland and the late Rev. William Copeland. Sylvia's life exhibits service to the underprivileged and the underdogs. She is dedicated to the ministry of Christ and believes that life is only fulfilled when serving Him.
Sylvia grew up the sixth of seven children and attended Suffolk Public Schools. Her oldest brother, Ronald Copeland, died August 1979 and was very instrumental in her pursuing her B.S. Degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. Other siblings include Judy C. Scott (Robert), Clarence R. Copeland, Brenda C. Brown (Glenn), Rev. Dr. Anthony Copeland (Jackie), and Reba C. Watkins.
Despite many challenges, obscurities, and blunders, Sylvia managed to lead numerous youth groups, women's ministries, conferences, and workshops. Her passion for people extends beyond immediate family and friends but overflows to the disadvantage and vulnerable populations.
Sylvia was licensed as a Gospel Preacher February 1994 and ordained June 2002. She serves as Assistant Pastor of OGBC and the overseer of the OGBC Associate Ministers. Her ministry has been comprised of the establishment of a Cell Ministry, the Radio Broadcast Ministry, Conferences, Revivalist, Biblical and Marital Counselor, and the Women's Ministry.
Sylvia is married to Thurman Murphy, Jr. and has a loving mother-in-law, Ms. Eunice Murphy of Buffalo, NY. She is the proud mother of two ambitious sons, Antonio L. Willie, Jr. and Ronald K. Willie. Her adopted daughter, Rev. Ronda King Smith lives in Virginia, Beach along with Sylvia's God-daughter, Jahla Smith (who affectionately calls Sylvia "MeMe").
She cherishes the love of family, friends, cousins, and church members. There are six girlfriends in Sylvia's life that have been with her since age 5 known as the "Divine Divas": Donna S. Lewter, Theresa A. Brooks, Dale S. Batten, Patrice H. Weaver, Robbie Plain, and Michelle L. Ford.
Sylvia has accomplished numerous achievements but her most notable mention is the CEO and Founder of SCM VISION, Incorporated. The Outreach Ministry "Pathways From Bondage Coalition" is the catalyst to a new paradigm shift for low-income families. Perhaps the biggest honor is the publishing of her first book, "Church Inbreed-When the Church Dates the World".
As a breast cancer survivor, Sylvia is perfectly willing to just enjoy Jesus by accepting assignments only for kingdom building.
Rev. Sylvia Copeland-Murphy is a woman on fire for God. Her style is unique and awakening. She not only is the Assistant Pastor of Oak Grove but the sister to our esteemed Senior Pastor, Dr. Anthony Copeland. Together their spirit, leadership and teamwork has pushed OGBC to new levels.