Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt is a faith and culture writer who has published over 200 articles in respected outlets such as USA Today, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, BeliefNet, Christianity Today, The Huffington Post, and

He is author of Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet (2010), which Publisher’s Weekly called “a must-read for churchgoers,” and the editor for As a respected Christian voice, he has been interviewed by ABC World News, NPR, PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, Fox News, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Jonathan is known for his ability to tackle difficult issues through both the written and spoken word. “I believe that it’s vital to navigate the toughest, trickiest, most controversial conversations,” he says. “I think we need to throw the hush off of the hidden things and blow the dust off the subjects we’ve stored in the attics of our minds. In bravely honest conversations, we find the power to radically change the Church, the culture, and the eternal destinies of men and women.” This passion has made him a sought-after speaker by colleges, seminaries, churches and conferences on cultural and religious issues.

Jonathan first entered the public eye when a classroom epiphany prompted him to organize a national coalition of Christian leaders who care about the creation, founding the Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, North Carolina) and a Master of Theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (Atlanta, Georgia).

Jonathan resides outside of Atlanta, Georgia, where he serves as Teaching Pastor at Cross Pointe Church.