About the Author

Merlin founded Faith Hope and Love Intl., which collaborates with churches crossing denominational lines. He has developed the concept of “Mission Trips in Your Own Backyard” to unify the Body of Christ by bringing the love of God into the community. Merlin’s messages and teachings are about raising up a generation passionate for God to build a legacy of transformation. He is an Advisory Council Member for the State of Indiana Office of the Faith-based and a co-host for Religion in the News. Merlin speaks at churches, businesses, government, educational institutions and faith based organizations to encourage people to live out their faith. He is a church consultant helping pastors reach out in their communities to raise and train leaders. Merlin and his wife Annie live in Noblesville, Ind.

“Merlin is a visionary leader who achieves amazing results. He has brought noticeable healing to the Indianapolis area by building shared vision among companies, individuals, and many different churches. Stimulating community unity across racial and denominational barriers is a formidable task. Merlin seems to have taken to it like a duck to water. As usual though, he attributes all the success to God. The community appears to agree with Merlin’s assessment and is motivated make faith, hope and love the new fabric of Indianapolis life.” 

Tia Nielsen, Marketing, public relations and community relations, May 1, 2011


“Merlin has a love for God and love for people and a great desire to see the body of Christ working together to bring the love of Christ in practical ways to Central Indiana. He is a friend and it is wonderful to see what God is doing in and through him at Faith, Hope and Love.” 

Brian Gutreuter, May 4, 2011


“Brother Merlin is a “radical disciple” of Jesus. Merlin lives, serves and witnesses in the world, yet he avoids becoming contaminated by the world. Just as Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, Merlin in our culture regards no task too menial or degrading to undertake.”

Ed Bell, May 16, 2011


“I saw how tirelessly Merlin worked to mentor many people who would go on to lead several ministry groups. I had the privilege of witnessing how well Merlin organized other pastors and ministers from surrounding churches to execute community programs. He leads by example and it has been my honor to know such a person and work side by side with him.”

 Melba KiserMay 2, 2012


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