Rev. M. Merritt Worthen was appointed as Senior Pastor of New Vision on March 1, 2017. She feels blessed to join this Spirit-led congregation and be a part of the incredible ministry they are accomplishing in Cincinnati. She is the daughter of Rev. Johnny Merritt and Wanda Merritt. She is a graduate of John H. Patterson Cooperative High School, Dayton, OH. Upon graduation Merritt moved to Columbus OH, where she attended Ohio State University having ultimately graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Mgmt. from Franklin University. She later earned an MBA from Wright State University with a concentration in Project Management. Pastor Worthen worked in various management positions including: Acquisitions and Project Management for over 10 years first with Banc One Leasing Corporation (Columbus), and later The Reynolds and Reynolds Co (Dayton). She has three lovely daughters; Dominique, Indigo, and Brooklyn.
After receiving her call to ministry, Pastor Worthen earned a Master of Divinity Degree from United Theological Seminary. Following graduation, she was ordained as an Elder in the Presbytery USA. She later joined the staff of United Theological Seminary serving as the Director of Student Services, where she oversaw: the International Student Program, the Intercultural Program, Introduction to Theological Education, served as Adjunct Faculty and managed the Student Services staff and programming until her appointment to McKinley UMC in July 2010. She became a Provisional Member of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church a few years later. Prior to Pastor Worthen’s appointment to McKinley, she served as Associate Pastor for Youth at Grace United Methodist Church and Associate Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Pastor Worthen entered the PhD Program at Union Institute and University in January of 2016 in Ethical and Creative Leadership with a specialization in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., studies. She believes this work will aid in examining the impact of religion on social and economic change and development in an effort to introduce and implement more positive growth initiatives in urban areas.
Pastor Worthen believes that the Lord has prepared her over the years for a time such as this. She is excited and honored to be a part of the divine movement and work of God in and through New Vision and the surrounding communities. Putting Faith into practice is the divine goal which has been set forth for those who are willing to accept this challenge.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2.9