Andy Merritt, Senior Pastor
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Andy’s passion when he came to Edgewood in 1977 was for God to be faithful to fulfill three callings God placed on his life. First, to love his wife Kathy and raise a large family to impact the world for Christ. Second, to lead the Edgewood family to learn, love, & live God’s Word in order for Christ to be displayed through us. Third, to magnify God by rescuing babies from abortion to discover their God-given destinies, and reaching their parents with the gospel of Christ. The Bible says, “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” God has been faithful by giving Andy and Kathy ten children and many more grandchildren to impact the world for Christ. The Edgewood church family is growing in God’s Word and expressing Christ’s love to one another and the world. The church established the nation’s first church-sponsored Pregnancy Center Ministry, and assisted in the establishment of more than five hundred Pregnancy Centers throughout the nation. Andy often prays in the Edgewood family that Christ will know no rival, no refusal, and no retreat from what He has called us to do.
Associate Pastor, Music and Senior Adults
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Andy Johnston was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. He met his wife Katie at Edgewood Baptist Church. They have three boys. Andy was born again in 1998 in the Edgewood Baptist Church sanctuary! God has blessed him with a love for music. He has been singing since he could open his mouth, and enjoys sharing the Gospel through song. Andy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary Worship Ministries from the Baptist College of Florida. He believes his role in life is to lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through song. A few of his hobbies include: hunting whitetail deer, playing tennis, spending time with the family, and watching Georgia Bulldogs football on the tube.
Associate Pastor, Education
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Jonathan joined the EBC staff in 2004. A graduate of Washington Bible College (B.A. ’98) and Capital Bible Seminary (MDiv. ’01), he previously served as Dean of Men and adjunct Bible instructor at the Washington Bible College.
Jonathan and his wife Chris have six children: Anthony, Sean, Seth, Erin, Leah, and Casey. He enjoys spending time with his family, leaving town on vacation, reading without interruption, and sports.
Jonathan Wilson, Youth Pastor
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Jonathan and his wife Melia met while attending Savannah College of Art and Design their freshmen year. Jonathan also attended Columbus State University to pursue a degree in criminal justice, and graduated from Montana Wilderness School of the Bible. Melia and Jonathan started serving in student ministry in Beaufort, SC back in 2006, and were called to Edgewood Baptist Church in June of 2015. They have seven kids, for now, and look forward to seeing how God uses their little army. They have a heart for student ministry and truly believe this calling is God’s direction for their lives. The Wilsons are an active family inside and outside of the church: they enjoy the great outdoors and love to go camping, and also enjoy a variety of sports and dance, more as participants than as viewers. They are glad to have such an amazing group of students to minister to and are excited to see what God has in store for them as the future unfolds.
Church Administrator/Financial Director
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Terry is a 43-year Edgewood Baptist Church member and serves as an EBC elder. He also leads the television ministry, teaches a weekly men’s Sunday school class, serves on the board of Sound Choices Pregnancy Clinic, and established and administrates the Love InDeed outreach and Feed the Hungry ministries. He previously served on the board of Christian Heritage Academy. His career background is owning and running an advertising agency, managing marketing programs and developing creative strategies. Terry is married to Rhonda and they are the proud parents of three children and ten grandchildren. He enjoys sports, playing competitive softball, golf and flying as a private pilot. His life scripture is 1 Peter 5:10 “…the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”