Meet Our Pastor
Elder Jeremiah C. Merritt was born and reared in Niles, MI. He is a dynamic speaker who ministers with a strong evangelistic and prophetic anointing. From this approach, countless people from all ages and walks of life have experienced salvation, healing, and deliverance, through faith in Jesus Christ.
Elder Merritt graduated from Johnson C. Smith University of Charlotte NC in January, 2000. Immediately upon graduation he assumed his first public school teaching assignment at Merry Oaks Elementary, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. Over the next 6 years, Elder Merritt gained experience teaching 4th and 5th graders, and began to realize his passion for middle aged young men, and his gift in being able to reach them.
Because Elder Merritt was so effective at reaching the unreachable of all races and economic groups, the Charlotte Observer featured his class every week throughout an entire school year. They displayed the strategies and energy he used to keep his students engaged in the lesson, like walking on desks, role playing, and playing pick-up basketball and football with the students during recess.
Under the wisdom and direction of his Pastor, Bishop Brian D. Moore, Elder Merritt has served in numerous church positions and ultimately discovered his call to preach while directing the Evangelism and Outreach Ministry for Life Center Ministries Fellowship. Elder Merritt was licensed as a minister at the age of twenty-six and sent out at the age of twenty-seven to assume his first pastorate as the Senior Pastor of Kingdom Life Ministries of the Pee Dee, a growing multi-ethnic fellowship in Darlington, S.C.
After relocating to SC, Elder Merritt yet worked in the middle school grades over the years of 2008 up to 2016 teaching grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. During this time his passion for middle aged young men reached a point where he was inspired to establish and found AIM, “Arrows Into Manhood,” a non-profit organization targeting middle-aged boys, for the sake of instilling in them a respect and understanding for the need of honoring the authority figures in their lives, including parents, teachers, aunts, uncles, and church leaders.
Elder Merritt is currently infusing his experience in the teaching field, with his experience as a pastor, to spearhead AIM, and make it a national force for the purpose of changing communities, through changing the hearts of the middle-aged young men. AIM currently serves two middle schools, and two communities, seeing anywhere between 40 to 60 boys every two weeks, and instilling in them a positive view of discipline and correction.
Elder Merritt is happily married to, whom he likes to refer to as his one and only Lady, Elder Tifani Merritt. Together, they have five children, Jeremiah Charles, Jr., Taylor Astasia, Joseph Curtis, Josiah Christopher, and James.