Lincoln Murdoch

Executive Director

Lincoln has served as our Executive Director the past 5 years. Before that, he was the Assistant Director to our founder and his father – Elmer Murdoch.

Lincoln has been in full-time vocational ministry for almost four decades. Prior to joining the staff of SUTL, he planted All Nations Church Phoenix and A.N.C. Omaha. Lincoln is the author of two books and an in-demand speaker. He’s also won three National Championships as a triathlete and is a four-time member of Team USA Triathlon with his best finish being 6th in the world in his age group.

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Elmer Murdoch

Founding Director

Pastor Elmer Murdoch graduated from Gordon-Conwell Seminary and then pastored churches in Massachusetts, Ohio and in Chicago, Illinois, where he succeeded Dr. A. W. Tozer. Concluding 20 years of ministry with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, in 1975 he was the founding pastor of Trinity Church Interdenominational in Omaha, NE.

After 22 years of pastoral duties at Trinity, Pastor Murdoch gave himself to enlarging the use and spread of “Step Up To Life,”

Pastor Murdoch has been married to his bride, Nancy, for 67 years. They have three children, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 

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Jeff Saxton

Assistant Director

Jeff recently joined SUTL in April 2019. He has over 20 years of full-time Christian ministry experience in churches and parachurch ministries. He was on staff at Trinity Church with both Pastor Elmer Murdoch and Lincoln Murdoch in the 1990’s.

He’s also a published author, and writer/director for both film and stage.  

Jefferson Gathu

African Hub – Director

Rev. Jefferson Gathu is an ordained minister with Africa Inland Church. Jefferson is the executive director of Cistern Ministries, an organization reaching out to African nations through the publishing of Christian literature.

He serves as the African Coordinator of Step Up To Life ministries based in Nairobi, Kenya.  

Jennifer Murdoch

Executive Assistant

Jennifer met Lincoln in Asbury College in Wilmore, KY. They have been together ever since.

Jennifer keeps Lincoln, Jeff and the other staff organized and administratively sound. In other words she basically runs the office and SUTL events!

Bill Olander 


Bill Olander has 3 decades of Corporate Business Marketing experience that has truly been a life saver at SUTL!

Bill is married to Heather (Murdoch) and together they have 6 grown children and many grandchildren!

Ralph Aldrich

Building & Production

Ralph worked at UPS corporate for decades. He brings that level of experience in commitment to our ministry. He and his wife – Linda have been longtime friends of the Murdoch family and have supported Step Up To Life in more ways than can be mentioned. They were the 2018 SUTL VIP Award recipients.

Ralph serves as the Building maintenance coordinator as well as SUTL products supply and inventory. 

Nancy Keating 

Assistant to Lincoln Murdoch

Nancy has served as Pastor Elmer’s Secretary for 20 plus years and now she is assisting Lincoln in various administrative office tasks.

She has been faithful to Step Up To Life and saved the ministry countless hours of important administrative needs.

Want to join the team?

We are always looking for ambitious, enthusiastic and entrepreuneurial people to join our team. If this sounds like you, drop us a line with what you can bring to our company that sets you apart from anyone else.