Cathy Murdock grew up in the Statesville, NC area, graduating from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC with a Bachelor of Music degree, concentration in voice. All through high school and college she participated in choral groups and ensembles, developing a love for the art of choral music. She began directing choirs during college and served as director for churches in Statesville, Raleigh, and Hickory before coming to FPC Newton in 1991. She also directs the handbell choir, and encourages instrumentalists and other musicians in the church to share their talents. She believes her work as a church musician is a calling from God and cherishes all the many blessings she receives in serving the church.