6: Coffee with Ashlee Murphy

AshleeI’ve seen Ashlee Murphy run hundreds of miles and preach effectively to a megachurch crowd. She’s my hero and also my friend. She’s dragged herself out of bed earlier than anyone should ever have to get up to pick me up from my home and drop me off at the airport for flights well before dawn. She’s become so important to my wife, Kelli, and I that even Kelli has tried to steal Ashlee from me. Kelli and I have the she-was-my-friend-first fight periodically. Please enjoy this interview with a compassionate leader who has never met an employer, pastor, professor or colleague who wasn’t thoroughly blessed by their good fortune to work with Ashlee.

Ashlee and Kelli Aug. 1, 2015
Ashlee and Kelli Aug. 1, 2015

Ashlee’s social work education and current social work vocation, as well as her church and community involvement, lend power to her sounding the alarm that we turn our attention toward the conditions of mental illness all around us. If you are worried about yourself or those around you, about addressing the immediate crises or the systemic problems, then NAMI may be a good place to start (see link below).


The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (M.Div.)

Virginia Commonwealth University (MSW)

65035_10150093167643474_189357_nUniversity of Richmond

The Servant Leader by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges.

Richmond’s Unhealed History by Benjamin Campbell

The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church  Logo Retro

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