A few faces to become familiar with
The Rev. Dr. Murray Frick comes from Raytown, Missouri in the U.S. Educated in religion and philosophy, as well as music performance and music education, Murray has degree work from Culver-Stockton College, the University of Chicago and Drew University, as well as certification work from various institutions in counseling, crisis response and crisis intervention.
Through his career, Murray has served congregations in Missouri, Iowa and Wyoming, before being called to be the Executive Director of the Council of Churches in Broome County, NY, one of the largest Council of Churches in the U.S. Murray moved from NY to accept the call to pastor the International Protestant Church of Brussels in August 2006.
In addition to traditional pastoral ministry, Murray has taken CPE training in hospital trauma and pediatric oncology, and has served as a law enforcement chaplain for local police departments and for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, where he responded to crisis situations such as school shootings, airline crashes, church burnings and 9/11.
Along the way in his free time, Murray has worked as a FIFA referee, won awards in theatre technical design, played in bands and a ceilidh band (Scots/Irish dance music) and enjoyed outdoor activities such as skiing, sailing, hiking and bicycling, with the most recent trip being a 1200 km tour of the Netherlands. Murray and wife/musician/chef Sue have partnered in ministry and life since 1977 and have three adult daughters.
Our Music Ministries Director was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, and became involved in music and the arts from a very young age. She started formal instruction in piano at age 8 and began singing in church and community children’s choirs from the age of 9. Sue attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 1977.
Finally a decision had to be made regarding Sue’s future: teaching music or physical education? Receiving offers of a graduate assistantship in physical education at a Kentucky University and a job teaching music in rural St. Charles made the decision even more difficult. However, since Sue and Murray were to be married in September 1977, and Murray had been offered a job as a Youth/Education Director at St. Charles’ Christian Church, the decision was easy.
Sue began a long career of teaching all levels of music from pre-school to college in Missouri, Iowa, Wyoming and New York, directing various church choirs, as well as spending four years in the music industry working for MagnaMusic-Baton in St. Louis. She also received her Masters of Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University with an emphasis in Voice in 1987.
Sue’s avocations have included community theatre, as an actress, musician, and director, as well as community choirs. In Brussels, as well as being Minister of Music for IPC, Sue gives private lessons in piano and voice, and is an active volunteer at the American Women’s Club where she directs the choir, Women of Note. Murray and Sue are also the parents of three beautiful, grown and successful daughters: two of whom live in the United States and one in Santiago, Chile.
Born in Ixelles, Philippe studied music at the Antwerp Conservatory in the class of Pascal Sigrist.
He then delved deeper into the accompaniment of singers in the ‘Lied’ class of Werner Van Mechelen & Josef de Beenhouwer.
Philippe teaches piano privately and plays as an accompanist and chamber-music player.