Rev. Kevin Merritt - Senior Pastor
Kevin was born in Virginia and grew up in suburban Boston. He has been serving here for over seven years. After 14 years in business, he sensed God's call to ministry in 2004. He enrolled at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) and received Master of Divinity degree in 2007. He and Liz have been married for 24 years and have three children in college and high school. In addition, he serves as vice president of the board of directors for Hopeline Crisis Pregnancy Centers (hopelineprc.com), a ministry that offers hope and help for young women dealing with unwanted 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.
Kathy Rasbach - Director of Children's Ministry
Kathy Rasbach lives in Ansonia with her husband Rob. She graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in Chemistry. She worked for a nursery school during her teens and after college, for an environmental lab in sales until becoming a full-time mom. Although her kids are grown, Kathy is still passionate about teaching children the truth of the Scriptures.
Jesse & Jessica Wood - Youth Ministry
Jesse is a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts,and Jessica is a native of Monterrey, Mexico. They met while Jesse was on a missions trip in Mexico. Jesse is passionate about studying and teaching the Bible and Jessica is an avid painter. The Woods relocated from Dallas, where they had been living and doing youth work in a Spanish language church. Jesse has a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Criswell College in Dallas, TX, and is currently working on a Master of Theology. Update, September 2014: After almost three years here, Jesse and Jessica have answered a call to serve in a bi-lingual church on the US/Mexican border of Arizona! We will miss them terribly and pray for God's blessing and favor to rest upon them as they go!
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.