Pastor Merrill R. Griffin
Merrill R. Griffin, the son of Mildred Brogden and the late Charles Merrill Griffin, was born on August 14, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the husband of Terry Griffin and the proud father of Corday and Chelsy Griffin. He was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System and graduated from Carver Vocational Technical High School in 1983. Upon graduating from high school, Pastor Griffin pursued a career in law enforcement and
corrections. As of June 2009, he retired from the Maryland Department of Corrections to fulfill his calling as a full time Pastor of the Soul Harvest Church and Ministries.
In 1996, Pastor Griffin rededicated his life to Christ and the ministry. God led Pastor Griffin back to his home church, the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, where he acknowledged his call to preach in December 2000. One June 3rd, 2001, Pastor Griffin preached his initial sermon and was licensed to preach by his father in the ministry, the late Rev. Dr. Arthur J. Benn. While at Mt. Moriah, Pastor Griffin served as Minister of Missions, Minister of Evangelism, advisor to the Benn Chorale Ensemble, and instructor for the New Member’s Class.
Pastor Griffin served as Vice President of the student body at the United Baptist College and Seminary, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. He is currently 27 credits shy of a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and Administration at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore. Pastor Griffin has completed a Biblical Studies program at Howard University’s School of Divinity, and is the founder and of C.O.U.C.H. Inc. (Christian Officers United to help Children in Homes), and advocacy program for neglected and abused children.
On Sunday, May 6, 2007, after six months of bible study, Soul Harvest Church & Ministries had its inaugural service under the leadership of its founder, Pastor Merrill R. Griffin. Since that time, Soul Harvest has grown tremendously under his leadership. Pastor Griffin believes that all things are possible through Christ that strengthens him. His favorite scripture is 1st Timothy 4:12, which states, “Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, and in purity.”