Rev. Kevin Merritt - Senior Pastor
Kevin has been Senior Pastor at Stepney since 2007. After graduating from Catholic University in Washington, DC, Kevin spent 14 years in business. When he sensed a calling to pastoral ministry, he enrolled at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary where he received an MDiv. Kevin and Liz have been married for 25 years and have three children in college and high school. In addition, Kevin serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Centers, an organization that helps young people dealing with unplannned pregnancies.
Liz Merritt - Minister of Discipleship/Outreach
Liz Merritt grew up in Fairfield, CT and graduated from Skidmore College with a double major in social work and sociology. She worked in the White House and the Congressional Budget Office before becoming a stay-at-home mom when she and Pastor Kevin had their first child. In 2007, Liz received a Master of Arts in Religion from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, with an emphasis on women’s ministry. Liz is passionate about building a genuine New Testament community and teaching the Scriptures so each life is truly transformed.
Rachael Paz - Director of Children's Ministry
Rachael grew up in Westport, Connecticut and graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Psychology and Economics. She loves working with children and desires for them to know the love and truth of Christ. In 2013 and 2014, she spent 11 months traveling to 11 countries serving alongside the local church and proclaiming the good news of Christ.
Mark Persson & Michelle Nelson - Youth Ministry
Mark was born and raised in Sycamore, Illinois, and Michelle grew up in Farmington, Connecticut. They met at Wheaton College where Mark graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and Ancient Languages and Michelle graduated with a degree in Psychology. Mark is passionate about developing students into devoted followers of Christ. Michelle has served in multiple missions trips to the Dominican Republic with Kids Alive International. They are getting married in July 2015 and are excited to partner together and serve the Stepney Youth.
Justin Rasbach - Worship Leader
Justin is a Connecticut native, and a graduate of the business school at UCONN. He believes that Christ-followers should prepare themselves all week long for corporate worship on Sunday. He also believes that genuine worship is based upon God's word, and is expressed in Spirit and Truth. In June 2014, Justin married his longtime sweetheart Liz. The couple now reside in Orange.