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Author, Pastor to Speak at AU’s Upstate Pastors Network

March 18, 2018

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James Merritt, Senior Pastor of CrossPointe Church in suburban Atlanta and a former pastor of the Southern Baptist Convention, is the featured speaker for the March 28 meeting of the Upstate Pastors Network at Anderson University. Merritt’s topic is “High Definition Leadership.”

The Upstate Pastors Network is a bi-annual gathering of pastors and church leaders sponsored by the Clamp Divinity School at the Anderson University College of Christian Studies. The program begins with worship at 10 a.m., followed by a luncheon and an afternoon workshop.

Merritt is a graduate of Stetson University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as Chairman of the SBC Executive Committee, President of the SBC Pastor’s Conference and served two terms as President of the SBC.

He is the featured speaker for Touching Lives, a nationwide television ministry, and has written two books: “Friends, Foes and Fools,” and “God’s Prescription for a Healthy Christian.”

“James Merritt is recognized as an influential voice among evangelical church leaders, and he will provide valuable leadership insights for those who attend this event,” said Dr. Michael Duduit, Dean of the Clamp Divinity School and executive editor of Preaching magazine.

Registration for the Upstate Pastors Network is $10 per person, and includes lunch, worship and a package of ministry resources. For more information, call the Clamp Divinity School at 864-328-1809, or visit

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