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Leading Evangelical Author, Speaker and Pastor Tony Merida Named Visiting Professor at University of Mobile

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MOBILE, Ala. – Tony Merida, nationally recognized author and founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, has joined the faculty of the School of Christian Studies as a visiting professor to teach Christian worldview and preaching through on-campus intensives.

Described by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention as “a leading evangelical voice on biblical exposition, church planting, global missions and orphan care,’ Merida will serve as Visiting Professor of Homiletics and Culture.

“Dr. Merida’s ability to take complex theological truths and communicate them clearly to diverse audiences is unparalleled. I have no doubt in my mind that his presence at the university will have a lasting impact on our students,” said Kyle Beshears, associate dean of the School of Christian Studies.

Merida is pastor for preaching and vision at Imago Dei Church. He is the author of “Faithful Preaching,” “Orphanology,” “Proclaiming Jesus,” and “Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down.” Along with Danny Akin and David Platt, he serves as a general editor in the new “Christ-Centered Exposition” commentary series from B&H Publishing Group.

He and his wife, Kimberly, have five adopted children.

Merida has been a featured speaker at University of Mobile’s chapel program, where he shared his personal story of faith.

After earning his high school diploma, Merida enrolled in college and was living his dream – playing college baseball. He shared how God used a teammate, a mentor in seminary and the campus Fellowship of Christian Athletes to point to his need for Christ. He attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to study under seminary professor Dr. Jim Shaddix, who mentored and inspired him to devote his life to the expository preaching of the Bible.

For information about enrolling and registering for courses in the School of Christian Studies, go to umobile.edu or contact University of Mobile Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222.


About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.


For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.

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