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Provisional Pastor Recommendation

Posted on Sun, May 17, 2009

update

 June 3, 2009

Based on your comments of overwhelming support of Rev. Merritt, the Board of Directors has communicated to our Regional Elder that it is our desire to have Rev. Merritt appointed as our Provisional Pastor at Trinity MCC.  Tentative start date is July 1.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the weekend’s events and offered your input.

May 17, 2009

Rev. Jim Merritt has been recommended to Trinity MCC as a candidate for our Interim/Provisional Pastor. 

The date of his visit is the weekend of May 30-31 where he will participate in the retreat/cookout on Saturday and preach on Sunday, followed by a question/answer period.  Rev. Merritt is a licensed and ordained member of the clergy of Metropolitan Community Church.  He has a Bachelor of Church Music degree from Stetson University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Episcopal Divinity School and was winner of the Alison B. Cheek prize in Feminist Liberation Theology in 2008.  He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree at Episcopal Divinity School. 

A committed activist around issues of human rights and social justice, Rev. Merritt is Founder and President of The Community Activist (
www.thecommunityactivist.com ); where he combines social activism and ministry.  He is Marriage Equality Coordinator for Metropolitan Community Church’s Global Justice Team and also a Teaching Pastor with the Odyssey Church, Jacksonville, FL. 

After his visit the Board will make a recommendation to our regional elder based upon input from you. 

Please come and participate in the weekend’s activities.

Click here for Rev. Merrit's Resume

Click here for Rev. Merritt's Statement of Faith


Schedule of Rev. Jim Merritt’s Visit


Saturday, May 30

2 pm – 5 pm  Retreat led by Rev. Jim & Rev. Vickie

5 pm – 7 pm  Church-wide cookout & social

Sunday, May 31

Rev. Jim to preach at worship

Followed by a church-wide question/answer forum