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 the 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 seven children – Grace, John David, Josiah, Faith, Joy, Charity, and Hope.
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 Ecclsial 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
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.