Reverend Dr. Wilmot T. Merchant, II has offered and agreed to assume the
duties of Priest-in-Charge at Calvary Episcopal Church while
maintaining his current duties as Rector at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in North
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Bishop Charles vonRosenberg, along with the
Vestry and congregation of Calvary welcomed Fr. Merchant at a signing
ceremony and reception on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
Reverend Merchant, II is a native of Liberia, West Africa.
His paternal great-great-grandparents were among the freed slaves who
were returned to Africa fom the United States during the 1800's. His
maternal ancestors were indigenous of the land that became known as
is a 1986 graduate of Cuttington University, Liberia, with a BA in
Theology. He was ordained a Deacon on December 30, 1986, and advanced to
the Priesthood on December 30, 1987, in the Episcopal Diocese of
Liberia, Province of West Africa. He is now a resident priest in the
Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. In 1987 he received a Certificate
from St. George's College, Jerusalem, Israel. In 1992 he received his
Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in
Cambridge, Massahusetts; and in 1993 he received his Master of Theology
degree from the Weston Jesuit School (Roman Catholic) of Theology also
in the City of Cambridge. Weston is now a part of Boston College. In
2000 he was awarded his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University,
Madison, New Jersey.
Dr. Merchant has
served churches and institutions in Liberia and the United States. His
family relocated from New York City to Loris, South Caroina, because his
wife, Dr. Eugenia Cooper Merchant, a pediatrician, was employed by
Loris HealthCare System. At the present time, she is employed by Health
Care Partners of South Carolina, Inc.
March 18th, 2002, the Vestry of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
unanimously elected Dr. Merchant as their third Rector to succeed the
Rev. J. Grafton Cockrell, their retiring rector.
As a result of a
prolonged Civil War in their home country, Dr. Merchant and his wife
became American citizens. They have two sons and a daughter, Wilmot,
III, Charles and Victoria Ann. Dr. Merchant has two older children,
Wilma, who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Wilbert, who still
lives in Liberia.