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Biographical sketch of James Merritt

DACULA, Ga. (BP)–From favorite vacation spots to watching movies, Southern Baptist Convention President and Atlanta-area pastor James Merritt’s taste in culture and literature is about as diverse as the nation’s largest evangelical denomination.

Following is a fact file on Merritt:

Birthplace: Gainesville, Ga., Dec. 22, 1952

Spouse: Teresa

Children: James Jr.; Jonathan; and Joshua

Conversion: Saved at the age 9, accepted the call to preach in 1974

Ordination: Licensed to preach Jan. 14, 1976, by Blackshear Place Baptist Church, Gainesville, Ga.; ordained on March 7, 1976, by First Baptist Church, Smyrna, Ga.

First ministry position: Minister of youth and activities at Blackshear Place Baptist Church, 1971

Books he’s currently reading: “Six Day War” and “April 1865”

Favorite restaurants: Chops and Cracker Barrel

Favorite music styles: gospel and country

Favorite music artists: Randy Travis, Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio, Brooks & Dunn, The Eagles, Billy Joel

Favorite radio station: The FISH

Vacation spot: Panama City, Fla.

Last movie he saw: “The Rookie,” anxious to see “Spiderman”

Favorite preachers: Adrian Rogers, Jerry Vines

Sports teams: Georgia Bulldogs, New York Yankees, Boston Celtics

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