We are EXCITED to welcome our new Interim Pastor: Rev. Brian Merritt!
We are pleased to announce that the Rev. Brian Merritt will be our Interim Pastor as of May 15, 2021! Many thanks to our search committee, Session and its personnel committee, and Clerk of the Session Lynn Brown for all of your hard work. Thanks also to HRP, our guest pastors and so many people in the church family who took on extra duties during the search.
Pastor Brian has been a Presbyterian minister for over 20 years. He has served churches in Louisiana, Washington D.C., and Albuquerque, NM. He also founded Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center, a worshipping community and community center for activists, artists, and non-profit start-ups.
As an community organizer, he has served as a chaplain for Occupy DC, a member of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship’s Peace Communities initiative, a board member of Christian Peacemaker’s Teams, and set up the Social Justice circle for the Washington Interfaith Network.
Brian helped set up a mutual-aid food pantry in Hackettstown, NJ, and continues his Interfaith work by serving in the Executive Committee on the PCUSA’s General Assembly Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations. He has served as a Transitional minister for years, most recently in Hackettstown. A sermon by Brian is published in The Inclusive Pulpit, and he contributed the chapter "Gospel Visions" for The Church in a Time of Empire in Faithful Resistance (Rick Ufford Chase, editor).
Brian is thrilled to be working among the leadership in Cold Spring. Brian is married to Rev. Carol Howard Merritt who is the Sr. Pastor of Bedford Presbyterian Church. His daughter Calla Merritt attends College of the Holy Cross. Brian writes poetry, loves photography, and has recently been doing collage making.
Rev. Brian Merritt, shown here at an action to support livable wagers for workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
We got to meet and greet Pastor Brian at the end of a recent online service. Here he is on screen, looking as happy as we are!