Meet Our Staff


Marc Murchison,
Interim Pastor:  

Marc is a Californian by birth and an international by nature.  At an early age, Marc was introduced to international culture and foods by his parents who had lived in France for two years before he was born and traveled extensively in Europe and North Africa.  Raised as a Catholic until age 16, he came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ at age 19 outside the Catholic Church.  

Marc and Elise married in 1975 and have 3 grown daughters and four grandchildren. Marc loves to play the guitar with others, and his other hobbies include fishing, fly fishing and hunting.

Most recently, Marc served as a missionary pastor in a remote Eskimo in Mountain Village, Alaska serving Mountain Village Covenant Church for four years. He has been part of the Evangelical Covenant Church since 1989. Marc graduated from Southern California College (now Vanguard University) in 1979 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1986 with an M. Div. Marc has been an ordained pastor for 39 years. Marc was involved in the beginning of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Kenya in 1998. Marc has served as the chair of Iowa Church Planting and Renewal from 2009-2016.

Marc and Elise currently make their home in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Marc’s other assignment is with Covenant Youth of Alaska in the area of Development raising funds for ministry to children, youth and young adults in Alaska.

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Barbara West,
Office Administrator:  

Barbara has been an active member of the Urban Heights family since 1993.  She is involved with the church’s activities including children’s ministry, women’s ministry, and worship.  In November 2003, Barb took a temporary position in the office and has been there ever since.   Barb is married to David West and they live in Clive.  They are parents of three adults sons.  When Barb is not working, she enjoys shopping, going for walks, scrapbooking, & other crafts.  But most of all she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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