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Tinicum UCC calls new pastor to “Red Brick Church”


Tinicum United Church of Christ, “The Red Brick Church” on East Dark Hollow Road, Pipersville, has selected the Rev. Nelson Reese Murphy, to be its next part-time pastor.

He follows the Rev. David Ellis of Quakertown, who is retiring after 43 years as a UCC pastor. Ellis was honored by the congregation at a farewell service and luncheon on Sunday, Feb. 11.

Murphy, 77, will begin serving Tinicum UCC on Sunday, Feb. 18. He and his wife, Sandie, relocated to Yardley in 2022 from Baltimore, following retirement in 2015. There he served as an interim pastor twice and as an interim associate conference minister.

He led churches in Wisconsin, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Massachusetts. He was a senior staff member of three national church agencies in New York City from 1981 through 2014. A graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary, he recently observed the 50th anniversary of his ordination.

“I’m humbled,” Murphy said, “being asked to lead this resilient congregation into the next phase of its historic ministry in Bucks County. After flunking retirement four times over the past nine years, serving this lovely church in beautiful Tinicum Township will be energizing.”

Tinicum UCC, established in 1789, belongs to the North Penn Association of the Penn Southeast Conference, UCC. Information about the United Church of Christ can be found at: Information about Tinicum UCC can be found at

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