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Tony Merida & Rick Morton's Bio:

Pastor, professor, and father of five, Tony Merida has quickly become a leading voice in the growing movement for adoption and orphan care. His passion for the fatherless is evident through his writing, teaching, and speaking.

Merida’s itinerant ministry includes preaching at various youth, college, and church events, such as Centrifuge, Student Life, Lifeway’s National Collegiate Week, Defend the Faith Apologetics Conference at NOBTS, chapels at various institutions, and others. He also teaches overseas at various seminaries such as Kiev Theological Seminary, Ukraine.

Tony and his wife, Kimberly, have five children—Angela, Jana, Victoria, James, and Joshua. They are currently relocating to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Tony will serve as professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Once in Raleigh, Tony will serve as lead pastor at Imago Dei Church, a church plant starting in September 2011.

Rick Morton is the discipleship pastor at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is married to Denise and they are the parents of Nick, Erick, and Nastia – all adopted from Ukraine.

Together, the Mortons were a part of cofounding Promise 139, an international orphan-hosting ministry based in Hattiesburg. In addition to local church ministry, Morton has spent more than a decade as a college and seminary professor.

Currently, he serves on the faculty of his alma mater, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS ) as an associate professor of Christian education, and before joining the faculty at NOBTS, Rick taught on the faculties of both Bryan College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Morton is a frequent youth ministry conference leader and an author with numerous youth ministry publications to his credit.

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