Pastor Josh Merrell
Josh Merrell has been the pastor of South Side Baptist Church in Weatherford, Texas since 2011. Prior to that he served on staff at Bible Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma under Wayne Hardy for ten years.
Originally planning to be a rancher and veterinarian Bro. Josh earned degrees in equine science from Rogers University, and animal science from Oklahoma State University. After later sensing God’s leading into the ministry, he enrolled at Heartland Baptist Bible College from which he graduated with a degree in pastoral theology. Currently, he is pursuing a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.
Pastor Merrell has been involved in church work all of his life. He was heavily involved in soul winning, children’s ministries, vacation bible schools, bus work, and more. While serving in these various capacities as a layman at Bible Baptist Church, God both intensified his burden for people and spiritual things and also took away his former passion for other pursuits. Thus, in the fall of 1999, he recognized that he could only be truly satisfied in vocational ministry.
Bro. Josh has been married to his wife Lee for 18 years. They have three children: Lily (12), Jorja (10), and Elijah (7). Together they enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities such as: camping, biking, hiking, skating, skiing, shooting and organized sports.
Pastor Billy Ingram
Billy Ingram was born on September 8, 1972, in Vero Beach, FL. Spending his childhood days however in Statesville, NC, Billy was forever impacted by the life and ministry of his preacher grandfather. After graduating high school he surrendered to the call to preach and enrolled at Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, NC. Immediately after graduating in 1997, he married Christy, the love of his life, and they spent the next 3 years together in youth ministry. It was during that time the Lord dealt with Billy about the call to full-time evangelism. Through much prayer and deliberation, the Lord led the Ingrams to Falls Baptist Church and Baptist College of Ministry in Wisconsin to prepare for the ministry of evangelism under the leadership of Pastor Wayne Van Gelderen Jr.
In 2001, Billy Ingram went on staff with Minutemen Ministries, a youth evangelistic ministry started in 1983 by Evangelist Jim Van Gelderen. Shortly thereafter, he graduated with a Masters of Biblical Studies Degree from Baptist College of Ministry and launched into full-time evangelism.
From the day the Ingrams entered into evangelism their policy had been to never call or solicit a meeting, believing that God makes room for a man’s gift. The Ingrams based out of Bible Baptist Church in Stillwater, OK, and traveled nearly 40 weeks a year with along with their two pit bulls.
Canaan Baptist Church called Billy Ingram to be their pastor in September of 2014.