As Secretary for the Care & Counseling Department, Merrie fields all Care Center questions for counseling appointments, support groups and classes. She has been attending New Life Church since 1988 and has been on staff since 1997. In 1999 she became secretary of the Care Department.
She and her family moved to the San Luis Obispo area in 1972 before buying their home in Arroyo Grande in 1973. She has raised two daughters: Alecia who is a Lt Colonel in the US Army National Guard and mother of Merrie’s only grandson, Brandon, and daughter Nikki, who teaches ESL classes through Cuesta College as well as special needs kids through San Luis Coastal Schools after previously spending 10 years in Cambodia teaching English.
Merrie’s life-long verse has been Philippians 4:11: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”