The Bible tells us that when Christ established the New Testament Church through the Apostles, the leadership of the local church was entrusted to specially appointed men called Pastors. While the Pastors, sometimes referred to as “Elders” and “Shepherds,” led through teaching the truths of the faith, other men were then appointed as Deacons to help them serve the church by taking care of the material needs of the people and the ministry. Morningview is led in exactly the same way. You can read about Morningview’s current Pastors and Deacons below.
Shawn S. Merithew, Ph.D.
Shawn was born and raised in the deep south — Orlando, Florida. He became a believer after his first year of college and received God’s call to ministry three years later. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in the Fall of 1993, his Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary in 1997, and his Doctorate of Philosophy from Southern Seminary in 2003. Prior to coming to Morningview in 2006, Shawn served churches in Florida and Kentucky, and he also served as an adjunct Professor of Expository Preaching at Southern Seminary. Shawn enjoys reading, sport-shooting, traveling, and time with his family. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Lisa, and they have eight children – Grace, John David, Josiah, Faith, Joy, Charity, Hope, and Joel.
PASTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP
Jon English Lee, Ph.D.
Jon English was born in Apple Valley, California. However, having lived in the area since seventh grade, he calls Montgomery home. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in Montgomery, a Masters of Divinity from Southern Seminary,and a PhD in Systematic and Historical theology at Southern Seminary. Prior to serving at Morningview, he served various churches and para-church organizations in Alabama and Kentucky, and is currently an Ecclesial Fellow with the Center for Pastor Theologians. Jon English enjoys reading and scuba diving. He and his wife, Rebekah, have three sons: Jonny, Jack, and Graham, and have fostered many others.
PASTOR OF STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS
Jamani Warren was born and raised in Mobile, AL where he led a life of sin. His early religious exposures were in Catholicsm. After coming to Montgomery, Alabama to attend college at Auburn University at Montgomery, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Before leaving AUM in early 2000, he met his wife of now 15 years and they have together two beautiful daughters, Amani and Abigail Warren. Soon after college, he dedicated his life to the Lord Jesus Christ and expanded his Christology and Pneumatology through John MacArthur’s audio teachings. He served and taught high school Biology & Chemistry for 16 years before moving on to become an agent with New York Life Insurance. He and his family have now been members at Morningview Baptist Church for almost 8 years where he has served as a lay pastor for three years. He continues to lead those that God has given in his care to understand that the gift of knowing God is NOT OF WORKS, but by Scripture alone, by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone, and to the Glory of God alone and that God came to save wretched sinners like himself and not for those who have a righteousness according to the law.
From the very beginning of the New Testament church, God raised up men to serve the material needs of the people and ministries of church in roles of Christ-like servant leadership. These men came to be known as “deacons.” As in the early church, deacons at Morningview serve alongside our pastors and lead our congregation in sacrificial service. If you spend any time at all with us, you’ll see our deacons doing everything from leading in prayer to visiting the sick to helping in the nursery. We are thankful to God for them and could not be who we are without them.
To contact our deacons, please email our deacon chairman.