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Steve Merritt

Bro. Steve Merritt was born in Orlando, Florida on November 6, 1964 to James R. “Ronnie” and Janice Merritt of Wellborn, Florida. He was the second one of four boys born to his parents; James Jr. (deceased), Steve, Paul, and John. His father, a preacher/pastor/missionary in the American Baptist Association for fifty years, pastored two years in Bell, Florida, two years in Orlando, Florida, seven years in Birmingham, Alabama, thirty five years in Wellborn, Florida, and one year in Ocala, Florida. Steve is a descendant of nine generations of Florida ranchers and farmers that originally received Spanish land grants in the early 1700’s from the King of Spain. His ancestor’s land grants were honored by the United States government in its acquisition of Florida as a United States territory in the 1820’s and they were issued more land grants for fighting in the Florida Indian Wars. His great grandfather James Madison Green was a founding member of the American Baptist Association movement in Florida in the 1920’s. Included in his ancestry are numerous Landmark Missionary Baptist preachers, pastors, missionaries, deacons, teachers, and song leaders. He attended the public schools of Florida and Alabama, graduating in 1982 from Suwannee High School in Live Oak, Florida. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Lake City Community College in 1984 and continued his education at the University of Florida through 1986. Steve married the former Laurel Gaye Allen of Live Oak, Florida on December 21, 1985, and to their union were born three boys and one girl; Adam, Daniel, Samuel, and Rachel. They raised and educated their children in Florida and Alabama. Each of their children, in the footsteps of their Baptist ancestry, have been truly blessed of God’s Grace in salvation, special talents and callings of their own. Adam in Florida, Rachel and Samuel in Alabama, serve the Lord in their respective local churches as singers, musicians, teachers, youth workers and young church leaders. Daniel answered his call to the ministry while at Yellow Creek Youth Camp in Hodges, Alabama in the summer of 2008 at the age of 17. He was licensed and ordained by Landmark Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama. He currently is the pastor of New Union Missionary Baptist Church in Red Bay, Alabama. Three of the Merritt children are married: Adam and Amy Merritt (Ocala, Florida), Daniel and Erin Merritt (Red Bay, Alabama), Curtis and Rachel Morrell (Calera, Alabama), while son Samuel, still in high school, lives at home. As of this date, July of 2016, Steve and Laurel have three infant grandchildren, Stella, Brylynn, and Blake.    Steve’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, gardening, livestock, “old war movies”, “spaghetti westerns”, stamp collecting, and an insatiable appetite for American and Baptist history. He and his family have enjoyed years of vacationing in the “Smokies”. Before answering his call to preach the Gospel, he worked as an agricultural field hand, a rancher, farmer, shipping and receiving clerk, wholesale magazine distributor, and structural engineer to support his family. Since surrendering to preach, he has not been in a regular Sunday or Wednesday worship service with his parents and children at the same time due to three generations of active pastors. He has had the privilege of speaking at funerals, weddings, ordinations, dedications and other special services sharing the platform with his pastoring father and son.                 Steve was saved at home in the basement of the church pastorium at the age of 10 on June 16, 1974. He was baptized, along with his brother Jim on July 14 1974, under the ministry of his father by the authority of Second Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. On October 3, 1998 he was ordained as a deacon by Northside Missionary Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida after being questioned by the presbytery led by Dr. Albert Garner. After serving for years as a faithful husband, father, church member, youth director, Sunday school teacher, music/choir director, and deacon, Steve surrendered to the call of the ministry on Saturday August 19, 2006 at the age of 42 during the invitation of a Florida Mission Development Meeting of the Florida State Association of Missionary Baptist Churches at Northside Missionary Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida. He was licensed to preach by Northside Missionary Baptist Church on Wednesday August 30, 2006. That same service he resigned his office as deacon, song leader, choir director, youth director, and Sunday school teacher, knowing God had not only called him to preach the Gospel, but to also pastor one of His local New Testament churches. That opportunity came the following week when his pastor resigned. For six months he served as a partial interim pastor for Northside Missionary Baptist Church, preaching only the Wednesday night services. He preached his first sermon titled “The Church That Jesus Built!” from Acts 2:41-47 on August 27, 2006 at Bethel Baptist Church in Wellborn, Florida. On January 1, 2007 Landmark Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama called him to be their pastor, calling also for his ordination. On March 10, 2007 he was ordained by Northside Missionary Baptist Church after being questioned by the presbytery led by Bro. George Parrish. While pastoring at Landmark Baptist Church he was instrumental in leading them; to establish an associational benevolent fund for widowed pastors’ wives, to rewrite and strengthen their bylaws, to remodel their kitchen/fellowship hall, and to see their thirty year vision of a paved parking area come to fruition. While he was pastoring at Landmark Baptist Church, God provided the increase in souls saved, baptisms, lives changed, growth, leadership and four young men surrendering to the ministry. To God be the Glory!    Steve, through the years as a faithful servant of God, has been honored to serve in the following associational positions: President and Vice President, North Central Florida Youth Rally; Music Director, Florida State Baptist Youth Encampment; Moderator, Assistant Moderator, and Parliamentarian, Central Alabama Missionary Baptist Association; Moderator and Assistant Moderator, Alabama State Missionary Baptist Association.    The Baptist Chapel called Bro. Steve Merritt to be Her pastor in July of 2015. He accepted the call to be Her pastor and preached his first sermon as their pastor on September 7, 2015 titled “The Day the Lord Lost His Crowd!” from John 6:66. His desire for The Baptist Chapel is for Her to be a place where Christ is exalted, the Father is glorified, the Spirit is free to move and the Scriptures are cherished! He looks forward to the current and coming years of serving as God’s under-shepherd to the flock that makes up The Baptist Chapel. His favorite text in all of the Holy Writ is in Romans 5. ”…But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound…”
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Steve Merritt

Bro. Steve Merritt was born in Orlando, Florida on November 6, 1964 to James R. “Ronnie” and Janice Merritt of Wellborn, Florida. He was the second one of four boys born to his parents; James Jr. (deceased), Steve, Paul, and John. His father, a preacher/pastor/missionary in the American Baptist Association for fifty years, pastored two years in Bell, Florida, two years in Orlando, Florida, seven years in Birmingham, Alabama, thirty five years in Wellborn, Florida, and one year in Ocala, Florida. Steve is a descendant of nine generations of Florida ranchers and farmers that originally received Spanish land grants in the early 1700’s from the King of Spain. His ancestor’s land grants were honored by the United States government in its acquisition of Florida as a United States territory in the 1820’s and they were issued more land grants for fighting in the Florida Indian Wars. His great grandfather James Madison Green was a founding member of the American Baptist Association movement in Florida in the 1920’s. Included in his ancestry are numerous Landmark Missionary Baptist preachers, pastors, missionaries, deacons, teachers, and song leaders. He attended the public schools of Florida and Alabama, graduating in 1982 from Suwannee High School in Live Oak, Florida. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Lake City Community College in 1984 and continued his education at the University of Florida through 1986. Steve married the former Laurel Gaye Allen of Live Oak, Florida on December 21, 1985, and to their union were born three boys and one girl; Adam, Daniel, Samuel, and Rachel. They raised and educated their children in Florida and Alabama. Each of their children, in the footsteps of their Baptist ancestry, have been truly blessed of God’s Grace in salvation, special talents and callings of their own. Adam in Florida, Rachel and Samuel in Alabama, serve the Lord in their respective local churches as singers, musicians, teachers, youth workers and young church leaders. Daniel answered his call to the ministry while at Yellow Creek Youth Camp in Hodges, Alabama in the summer of 2008 at the age of 17. He was licensed and ordained by Landmark Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama. He currently is the pastor of New Union Missionary Baptist Church in Red Bay, Alabama. Three of the Merritt children are married: Adam and Amy Merritt (Ocala, Florida), Daniel and Erin Merritt (Red Bay, Alabama), Curtis and Rachel Morrell (Calera, Alabama), while son Samuel, still in high school, lives at home. As of this date, July of 2016, Steve and Laurel have three infant grandchildren, Stella, Brylynn, and Blake.    Steve’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, gardening, livestock, “old war movies”, “spaghetti westerns”, stamp collecting, and an insatiable appetite for American and Baptist history. He and his family have enjoyed years of vacationing in the “Smokies”. Before answering his call to preach the Gospel, he worked as an agricultural field hand, a rancher, farmer, shipping and receiving clerk, wholesale magazine distributor, and structural engineer to support his family. Since surrendering to preach, he has not been in a regular Sunday or Wednesday worship service with his parents and children at the same time due to three generations of active pastors. He has had the privilege of speaking at funerals, weddings, ordinations, dedications and other special services sharing the platform with his pastoring father and son.                 Steve was saved at home in the basement of the church pastorium at the age of 10 on June 16, 1974. He was baptized, along with his brother Jim on July 14 1974, under the ministry of his father by the authority of Second Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. On October 3, 1998 he was ordained as a deacon by Northside Missionary Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida after being questioned by the presbytery led by Dr. Albert Garner. After serving for years as a faithful husband, father, church member, youth director, Sunday school teacher, music/choir director, and deacon, Steve surrendered to the call of the ministry on Saturday August 19, 2006 at the age of 42 during the invitation of a Florida Mission Development Meeting of the Florida State Association of Missionary Baptist Churches at Northside Missionary Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida. He was licensed to preach by Northside Missionary Baptist Church on Wednesday August 30, 2006. That same service he resigned his office as deacon, song leader, choir director, youth director, and Sunday school teacher, knowing God had not only called him to preach the Gospel, but to also pastor one of His local New Testament churches. That opportunity came the following week when his pastor resigned. For six months he served as a partial interim pastor for Northside Missionary Baptist Church, preaching only the Wednesday night services. He preached his first sermon titled “The Church That Jesus Built!” from Acts 2:41-47 on August 27, 2006 at Bethel Baptist Church in Wellborn, Florida. On January 1, 2007 Landmark Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama called him to be their pastor, calling also for his ordination. On March 10, 2007 he was ordained by Northside Missionary Baptist Church after being questioned by the presbytery led by Bro. George Parrish. While pastoring at Landmark Baptist Church he was instrumental in leading them; to establish an associational benevolent fund for widowed pastors’ wives, to rewrite and strengthen their bylaws, to remodel their kitchen/fellowship hall, and to see their thirty year vision of a paved parking area come to fruition. While he was pastoring at Landmark Baptist Church, God provided the increase in souls saved, baptisms, lives changed, growth, leadership and four young men surrendering to the ministry. To God be the Glory!    Steve, through the years as a faithful servant of God, has been honored to serve in the following associational positions: President and Vice President, North Central Florida Youth Rally; Music Director, Florida State Baptist Youth Encampment; Moderator, Assistant Moderator, and Parliamentarian, Central Alabama Missionary Baptist Association; Moderator and Assistant Moderator, Alabama State Missionary Baptist Association.    The Baptist Chapel called Bro. Steve Merritt to be Her pastor in July of 2015. He accepted the call to be Her pastor and preached his first sermon as their pastor on September 7, 2015 titled “The Day the Lord Lost His Crowd!” from John 6:66. His desire for The Baptist Chapel is for Her to be a place where Christ is exalted, the Father is glorified, the Spirit is free to move and the Scriptures are cherished! He looks forward to the current and coming years of serving as God’s under-shepherd to the flock that makes up The Baptist Chapel. His favorite text in all of the Holy Writ is in Romans 5. ”…But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound…”
The Baptist Chapel, 10431 Old Pascagoula Road, Grand Bay, Alabama 36541 :: Phone:  (251) 957-6982
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