Matt "Hat Trick" Murphy

Matt Murphy
Matt began working at Pine Cove in 2002, serving as part of a discipleship program called Young Guns. For the next three summers, he returned to work on summer staff in various roles at the Shores camp. Matt met his beautiful wife, Katie, while on summer staff. They are now blessed with a beautiful daughter, Lily, and two boys, Asher and Coen. In 2008, Matt joined the Pine Cove staff full time, serving as a Conference Director at the Towers camp for four years before transitioning to his role at the Ranch as Camp Director. Matt is originally from East Texas, but has spent a lot of time in Nashville, Tennessee where he attended college at Belmont University. He is passionate about teaching and leading others into a better understanding of God’s Word and who they are in Christ.
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Bible Study Theme: Blueprint

A blueprint is an outline or plan of action. Most of the time, it is used as the starting point for building a house. Before you ever grab a shovel or a bulldozer or whatever else you use to start building a house, you need a plan. Without a plan, even the most skilled construction team will fail. The blueprint guides them. It reminds them of their foundation and shows them what to do next. It gives them a vision for the finished product. In the Christian life, we are not without a blueprint. God has given us a foundation […]

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Wakeboarding Without a Boat

True or false. 1. Wakeboarding is awesome… TRUE. 2. If you don’t have a boat to pull you, then you are out of luck… FALSE! Last summer, we installed our very own Wake Park at Pine Cove, shared between campers at Crier Creek and Outback, and it was a huge hit! Campers can grab a lifejacket, buckle into a wakeboard, grab the rope and GO, sailing across the water attempting 360’s and frontside rolls or just enjoying the ride. HOW does it work, you ask? Campers are pulled along by a cable system that is run between two poles, allowing […]

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The Temperature Is Rising

This is a guest post by one of our summer staff, “Thunder Showers”. So, it is week 7 here at the Ranch and things are going great! The sun has been out all week and the kids are loving each activity class and theme night. We have a lot of counselors who have had their first cabin at the Ranch this week. And let me tell you, they have done a great job! When we say that our staff is our program, we mean it. The counselors and program staff have kept the energy high, they have made each activity […]

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The Ranch Melting Pot

This is a guest post by one of our summer staff, “Thunder Showers”. You know you’re at camp when you wake up and the first thing you see is Jiggs walking down and getting ready for flag. You know you’re at camp when there is one cabin chanting “Luna Moth Club buzz buzz buzz buzz”, another one running around with Ponchos on, and another one having a pillow fight all at the flag pole. Yes, you are at camp. Week 6 has gotten off to a great start and has definitely turned out to be one of the coolest and […]

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Having Fun Is My Job

This is a guest post by on of our summer staff, “Thunder Showers”. It has been an exciting start to camp for the 2012 summer! Week 1 was probably the most eventful first week of camp that I have seen in the four years that I have been working at camp. As we opened the gate for Week 1, there were nerves paired with excitement in all of us – which resulted in an ecstatic staff! [Opening day is one of my favorite days of camp simply because we get to jump in the gauntlet and display a small picture […]

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