Tracing the Murray family’s footprints during the founding years of the Dutch Reformed Church Free State and the Reformed Church in Zambia

Authors

  • Gideon van der Watt University of the Free State

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17570/stj.2022.v8n3.a3

Abstract

This article traces the footprints of the remarkable Murray family (including the Louw and Hofmeyr branches) in the founding years of the Dutch Reformed Church Free State (DRC FS) and the Reformed Church in Zambia (RCZ). Andrew Murray Jr played a significant role in the early formation of the DRC FS, contributing to its original evangelical character and its inclination towards the DRC of the Cape Colony. Other members of the Murray family also played a vital role in establishing the DRC FS’s mission approach. The Hofmeyr branch of this clan was instrumental in laying the foundation for the DRC FS’s mission to Northern Rhodesia (today’s Zambia) and its historical development in becoming the RCZ. This article endeavours to answer the questions: What was this Murray influence? Why was it so significant?

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Published

2022-05-17

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General Articles (articles from all theological disciplines)