Abdu Murray grew up in a devout Muslim family in Detroit, MI. By the time he was a teenager, he was a strong follower and evangelist of Islam. While attending the University of Michigan Dave and Pete showed up at his apartment to share Jesus. Those were the two guys he wanted to knock the faith out of!
Apologist Abdu Murray holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a law degree from the University of Michigan. He’s the cofounder and president of Embrace the Truth, a ministry offering the truth of the gospel to Muslims.
So how does a devout follower of Islam who wants to knock the faith out of Christians become a Jesus follower? As Abdu says, “A funny thing happened on the way to the mosque.” Actually, not quite that simple: It was a 9 year investigation into the claims of Jesus and then one frightening leap in a moment of truth that changed him forever.
Perry LaHaie's passion is to know Jesus and make Him known. “I’m all in with Jesus but not all put together. I need Jesus right now as much as I did when I first started following Him!” Perry says. In addition to co-hosting Perry and Shawna Mornings, Perry is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and advocate for those who haven’t yet heard the gospel, especially those in the Muslim world. Born and raised in northern Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a graduate degree in Cross- cultural Communications. Perry also serves with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his bride, Teresa, call Holland, Michigan home. They have two adult children, Kali and Taylor, and Taylor’s bride, Bri.
Shawna Beyer has a way of telling stories that create personal connection— to her, to one another, and to God. She has been a homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a consulting company, and church staff member. Though she’s been involved in ministry with her husband (Dan) in Iowa, Arizona, and now Michigan, she was born and raised in Southern California and as they say, “You can take the girl out of California . . .” She is mom to four grown kids (Bryn, Drayson, Eden, and Haven) who no longer need her but humor her anyway. Shawna is passionate about the rhythms we weave into the fabric of our lives to fall more in love with God each day. Healthy foods are her go-to, but she will abandon that whole track in a heartbeat for a homemade cinnamon roll like Grandma used to make.
The Perry and Shawna Podcast: Real life conversations reminding you that you’re Abba’s child and that you’re blessed to be a blessing and loved to share Jesus’ love.