Hi. I’m Jon Merryman. I’m a writer, speaker, consultant and freelance communications/social media/pr guy. I live in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with my wife Emily and our schnauzer, Max. We attend Second Baptist Church, Arkadephia where I lead 6th graders/preteens and Emily leads the baby choir. It’s a pretty charmed life in the delph.
I have been speaking to youth and children for over 16 years. After, serving as one of the first pastors of Centrikid Camps in 2001, I then went on to work for Centrikid and have helped shape the program into what it is today. I’ve also spoken in camps, churches, and colleges about my experiences surviving the crash of American Airlines flight #1420, June 1, 1999 in Little Rock, Arkansas as well as topics from evangelism/salvation to discipleship/spiritual growth.
I began writing curriculum while serving in Children’s Ministry at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee in 2001. Since then I have written various curriculum pieces for Team KID, Worship KidStyle, G-Force, VBS, Club VBS and Centrikid Camps. I’ve also created many of the themes for these projects including Centri-Kid’s Absolute Zero, Spin Cycle, For Here or To Go, Lights, Camera, Action and Extra Mile camps as well as M-Fuge’s Underground.
After graduating from Ouachita Baptist University in 2000, I worked for Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing coordinating the marketing of their choral music. Soon after I was hired by LifeWay to pastor Centrikid Camps, worked in the Centrikid office for a year, and was then hired to be Associate Children’s Minister at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. In 2003, I left Brentwood to help start a church plant in Franklin, Tennessee, Rolling Hills Community Church, and served as Children’s Pastor until 2007, when I was hired to coordinate communications, events and church partnerships for Sweet Sleep, a nonprofit organization providing beds and Bibles to orphans.
Currently, I am devoting more time to writing, speaking and helping other ministries grow and thrive. If you would like to invite me to speak at your church, create themes or curricula for your church or ministry, or discuss how I may help with your communications/pr/social media needs, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 870-210-0291.