Our Clergy

The 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 Liberia.

He 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.

On 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.