Matt Merker writes Christ-centered songs for churches. His goal is to compose hymns that express glorious truths about God with singable and timeless melodies. Matt’s music reflects the full spectrum of the Christian life, from sorrowful yearning to joyful hope. His prayer is that songs like “He Will Hold Me Fast” and “Jesus Is Mine” would provide sturdy encouragement to the people of God in seasons of uncertainty and waiting.
Matt has been leading corporate worship through song since he was a teenager. A native of Long Island, NY, he studied religion and music at Vanderbilt University and later earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has performed classical, rock, pop and jazz in a variety of contexts, but his favorite musical setting is leading congregational singing with his church.
Since 2009, Matt has lived in Washington, DC, where he serves on the pastoral staff and as an elder of Capitol Hill Baptist Church. He is joyfully married to Erica, and they have one daughter and one son. You can find him on Twitter @MerkerMatt.
Matt writes frequently on the topics of corporate worship and congregational singing. Here are several of his articles:
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